MAN AND THE MOON is a comprehensive introduction to the basic question about the moon that we will all be asking in the next few years:
Is the moon covered with a thin film of dust-or with 30o feet of it?
Will man be able to grow food there?
Did the Russians observe a volcanic eruption on the lunar surface or not?
What is the best place for a rocket to land on the moon?
Man will set foot on the moon. What the lunar surface is, how man will get to it, and what he will do when he arrives there is the subject of this book. Written by a series of experts in astronomy, geophysics, mining engineering, and rocketry, Man and the Moon offers an introduction for the layman to the most exciting scientific adventure of all time.
Starting with an entertaining discussion of fictional journeys to the moon in literature and on film, the book proceeds to an authoritative description of the lunar surface itself. Here is Ralph Bald-win's spectacular account of the formation of the Sea of Rains more than four billion years ago. Here is T. Gold's revolutionary suggestion that the seas are not lava at all, but dust. Here is the Russian account of the other side of the moon-
the side that no human eye has yet seen.
There are, in fact, many unsolved questions about the nature of the lunar surface, and these will be settled only when man reaches the moon itself. What that voyage will be like, and what scientific principles of space flight are involved, forms the next section of this book as experts such as Wernher von Braun, Fred Whipple, and Arthur Clarke provide realistic, scientific descriptions of a lunar rocket trip.
And after the initial exploration, what then? How will a lunar colony survive? What kind of buildings will it need? What kind of power will be available? Will man on the moon ever be entirely independent of man on earth? The last section of this book-Life on the Moon-discusses these points and many more in informed detail.