Yep I agree - Imagine cows on the moon, "mooo".The only reasons for a moon base, not settlement, that make any sense at all, are astronomical research, and as some kind of staged launching pad for a manned Mars mission.
Perhaps a moon base would be more economical if the scientists had an inordinate taste for potatoes.
What's wrong with the old H.G. Wells idea of shooting things for a cannon? If the cannon is a magnetic rail cannon.Helium is one pretty major resource that's running out on Earth but pretty abundant on the moon. There are lots of others:
But I'm pretty sure we need an alternative to rockets for this to become economical.
Also, let me just say that I fully support a vanity project like building a base on the moon. There are far worse things we are spending that kind of money on (such as war). If we could divert some money to do something like that, it'd be pretty amazing.
It's already been said that space exploration should be our ultimate goal because we understand how limited the life of our home planet is.Running out of room or resources will never be a reason to settle on the moon or anywhere else outside of the earth. There just won't be any way to transport enough people to make any difference. The only reason that will ever make sense is adventure.
The problems with this approach are legion and have been discussed here several times. I suggest a forum search.What's wrong with the old H.G. Wells idea of shooting things for a cannon? If the cannon is a magnetic rail cannon.