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Name: mary f 
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How long will it take before anyone can build something on the moon?

There cannot really be an exact answer to this question, but I can comment on my opinion. Currently, NASA has their hands full with several programs, namely the Hubble Telescope, the Space Shuttle fleet, and several orbiters to explore the Solar System. Naturally the cost of these programs is enormous, and in a time of a real money crunch, the Congress/President are not likely to push for any immediate action on anything which would not yield immediate or at least near-future useful gains. I suspect given all the lunar explorations and activity in space using the Shuttles for launch of satellites, and repair of the Hubble telescope, that we actually at this time have all the technology and skill to build a structure on the moon, but it does not seem that NASA would propose doing this soon because we really do not stand to gain anything really useful at this time by doing so. NASA, I believe would be more interested in building a permanent orbiting space station (closer to Earth) which could be serviced by the current Shuttle fleet, where larger scale "experiments in space" like the ones done on each Shuttle mission could be expanded. If in the future someone would propose a "moon building" which would be cost-effective (meaning its usefulness outweighs its cost) then they might have a chance getting the Congress to approve the plan.


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