The Moon: Resources, Future Development and Settlement describes feasible human settlement of the Moon in the coming century. Small scale, tele-operated and autonomous robotic in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) projects are first, followed by electric power, communication, and transportation networks manufactured from lunar resources. These infrastructure networks are field tested an commissioned in the polar regions of the Moon, and permanent human settlements are then established. Through several phases of development, the utility networks grow, and the number of permanently inhabited bases increases to inculde all areas of interest on the Moon. The book stresses that the envisioned "Planet Moon Project" will link the technological and cultural expertise of humanity to the virtually limitless resources of space. From that beginning, the people of the Earth reap substatntial benefits from space, and the human species will evolve into a spacefaring civilization.
Students in astronautics and space science and engineering, as well as science fiction writers looking for new inspiration, will learn much from this appeal for lunar development. The authors begin by describing the rationale and steps necessary for establishing permanent bases on the moon. They then explain how it will be possible to use lunar resources and solar power to build a global lunar power- communication-transportation-manufacturing infrastructure; how this will support the migration of people from earth; and the benefits of an inhabited moon. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)