I Want A Moonbase (And Aliens)
By seapegasus on Dec 04, 2006
Some years ago, I said "I want a space station", and NASA announced the ISS. I am confident it works with moon bases too. =)
What got me started thinking about moon bases was this: In secondlife, there's a Space Museum and a planetarium. On Sunday I decided it couldn't hurt to... indulge in some educational content, especially since they had announced some new Planetarium shows (written by astronomy students). When I arrived, one thing was already over while the next had not started yet, but at least one Avatar who seemed to be running this thing had time to give me a tour of the Planetarium: A short little show about the tale behind Andromeda and its neighboring constellations, well done, considering the limited means of this platform.
Later that day I checked back, and walked right into a meeting: A dozen avatars sitting around a planning table with a model in the middle, discussing, as I understood, how they wanted to terra-form the island to showcase Astronomy and space exploration. They even got some buy-in from NASA they said. Since they were looking for volunteer builders, I spontaneously joined them.
Among the proposals for what should be build on the island was also the item "lunar base". When I asked whether we should just improvise or whether we were building according to somebody's blueprints, one of the guys replied, the lunar base was of course to be built according to the plans that NASA would release "tomorrow at the Houston conference". The crowd answered "Oh cool" and the subject changed to something else. Houston conference? Tomorrow? Moon base?? Hmmm. I couldn't find anything online about NASA announcing plans for a moon base.
The only things about moon bases I found online were: One page about the Orion project that mentions a crew landing on the moon again before 2020; an edu page where NASA makes poor students solve their space habitat problems by disguising them as homework; then a Youtube or Google video about how NASA uses Photoshop's blur tool to erase all those alien moon bases from photographs before they are published; oh and a movie that says that the governments develop alien-based technology together which will make fuel redundant, but they cannot tell us because then oil stocks would drop, and people would panic because Aliens in UFOs watch us as cheap reality entertainment. Hmmm... Maybe chatting in second life or watching Youtube is not the most reliable source of real life information, when you think of it.
But in any case, At least the NASA rumor is easy to disprove or confirm: If NASA announces a lunar base today, I will post the link here. If you see no link here tomorrow, the Avatars were just kidding, and the moon base will exist only in secondlife. Easy solution. :-)
PS: the result!!