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“Scientists at the Space Applications Centre (SAC), using data gathered from Chandrayaan-I's Terrain Mapping Camera and Hyper Spectral Imager (HySI) payloads, found a 1.2 km long buried, uncollapsed and near horizontal lava tube.

The scientists said the lava tubes offer a dust-free environment and adapting them for human use requires minimal construction.

The structure[s] also shields its occupants as after 6 meters depth, no effects of radiation due to or induced by galactic cosmic rays were observed in simulation, they said. "After less than one meter, no effects of radiation due to or induced by solar particle events are observable. Natural or induced radioactivity does not play a significant role in the lava tube exposures," the scientists said.”


from ISRO finds cave on moon; can be used as human outpost, Feb 24 2011 by Indian Defense News

The Gravity of Big Data

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They keep calling the Silicon Valley mega projects "moon shots"... why? 

"We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming." - von Braun

'You promised me Mars Colonies, instead we got facebook' - Buzz Aldrin

If the paperwork was the big hurdle in the paper days of the Moon program and now we have cell phones that make the super computers of that day seems silly... why is it that all of the "big data" processing isn't actually working on licking gravity? I'm as big a lover of analytics for apps as everyone, but, umm,  why are we not pointing our money-making 'puter power at the stuff that can make 8 billion lives actually free-er?



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