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Creating a Storyboard about the Moon's Resources

Date posted: 10-20-02 COMMENT: work needs to be done to complete this storyboard workup, but it is far enough along to be worth posting. Check back to see if this prouduct is completed by 11-1-02)

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On this page you will find Pictures & Text with which to assemble a storyboard of your own design and arrangement

Storyboard Substrate options

  • foam core board: paper covered foam 1/2", 1/4", or 1/8" thick can be purchased from any art supply shop
  • cardboard: many places sell trifold white corrugated cardboard "Science Project Display Boards"
  • plywood is sturdy, but heavier
  • commercial high-tech fabric covered display systems are very expensive. More importantly, they look too "commercial

The Table Dimensions below - set at 24% - 48% - 24% provide a suggested dimensions (25% - 50% - 25%). You will need as much or more space for the display items (photos, graphs, art, actual samples) for the center section as for the two flanking columns together. But before purchasing your substrate board material, do a table top layout to see what dimensions will work for you. You can make dimensions by resizing the graphic components as well as font sizes for text.

Text suggestions are kept concise and "bulletised" for quick scanning by the visitor to your exhibit. This also allows the use of larger, more readable font sizes. Fonts are a matter of choice, but a sans serif font is easier to read on a quick glance. I find Comic Sans especially so, but again, that's a matter of taste.

(banner) "Resources on the Moon - The Foundations of an Earth-Moon Economy"
"Lunar Prospector finds Water Ice at the Moon's Poles" - 1998

Lunar Polar Ice "Pie Chart"

"The Moon's Soil is Rich in Useful Elements"

Lunar Soil Composition "Pie Chart"

"The Moon's Endowment from the Sun"

Lunar Soil Volatiles "Pie Chart"

Lunar Prospector Pic
Launched 7 January 1998

Cover of Science 4 Sept, 1998 [text]

Cometary Ices

[suggested text]

The 4 "Engineering Metals" / Alloys

  • Iron & Steel Picture (better, find a 3 dimensional chunk)
  • Aluminum Picture (better, find a 3 dimensional chunk)
  • Magnesium Picture (better, find a 3 dimensional chunk)
  • Titanium Picture (better, find a 3 dimensional chunk)

[suggested text]

[iron, titanium, oxygen from ilmenite] [ilmenite processing schema]

Bounty from the Solar Wind [text]

Harvesting Methods [McCall art] [solar-powered mining equipment] [text] [relevant article]

Helium-3 Strategic Resource [He-3 fusion reaction diagram] [fusion equation] [text] [Science Fiction Film "Plymouth"] [Byproducts of Helium-3 Extraction]

Backup Helium-3 Reserves - Uranus [photo] [location diagram] [size: Moon, Earth, Uranus] [text]

What Comes Next?

"Ground Truth" Precursor Missions [text]

Resource Use Options & Policy [text]

From Ice Field to Market [text]

Other Building Materials

  • Glass & Fiberglass Pictures (better, find 3 dimensional chunks)
  • Ceramics Picture (better, find 3 dimensional chunks - pottery, brick)
  • Concrete Picture (better, find 3 dimensional chunks -concrete, duroc cementboard)
  • Silcicon Picture (better, find 3 dimensional item e.g. wafer)

[suggested text]

Forging A Lunar Economy - Exports & Imports [trade route diagram] [text]

Harvesting Solar Energy on the Moon - for Power on Earth


Suggested Accompanying Texts (Under Construction, Check back by 11-1-02)

The Stuffs of Lunar Ice - the Lunar Polar Ice endowment is not native to the Moon, but a result of countless bombardment of ice-rich comets. Most of the ice vaporized on impact would have escaped into space, helped along by the solar wind. When an impact occurred in the part of the Moon currently in darkness (night) some of the vapor might make it to polar craters into which the Sun would never shine, and it would be cold-trapped there, slowly accumulating through hundreds of millions of years. Comet ice is largely water ice, but includes varying amounts of carbon oxide ices, methane, nitrogen, and nitrogen oxide ices, and other volatiles. We cannot know the percentages of these ingredients in the polar ice reserves until we send "ground truth" probes to sample the ice in various locations.


Lunar Prospector Discovers Polar Ice - Science: 4 September 1998 - COVER Lunar Prospector evidence for water ice at the north (top) and south (bottom) lunar poles. Data on the rate of epithermal neutron emission from the lunar surface are color coded on two maps (overlaid by surface relief maps) poleward of ±70°. The dark blue and purple areas indicate low counting rates and are consistent with hydrogen-rich deposits covered by desiccated [very dry] regolith.


"Ground Truth" Missions are Necessary to Verify, Map, Quantify, & Qualify Lunar Ice Field Resources - t


Using Limited Ice Resources Wisely for Competing Near Term & Long Term Uses - t


Getting Harvested Ice Products to Market - t


Making Serviceable Metal Alloys on the Moon - t


Other Building Materials We Can Process on the Moon - t


Gifts from the Sun - t


Harvesting Solar Wind Gases Trapped in the Moondust - t


Helium-3, A Strategic Resource for Limitless Clean Power - t


Beyond the Moon, a "Forever Supply" of Helium-3 from the clouds of Uranus - t