Presentation: Why aren’t we living on the Moon already?

This is a tightened version of the talk I gave for Chai and Why, a series of popular science talks organized by Arnab Bhattacharya, a scientist and a science communicator based out of India.

Talk Description: It’s been 50 years since humans landed on the Moon, so why haven’t we established a human settlement there already? The answer lies in water. Chandrayaan 1 made headlines by discovering water on the Moon. But do we have the technology to extract it? Is there enough water to power human settlements? Chandrayaan 2 and NASA are finding out! Every so often there is a discovery of water on some part of the moon, what’s the deal with that? Let’s discuss the technological roadblocks that keep us from living on the Moon and beyond!

Talk Chapters:

  • 02:11 – Talk intro
  • 08:19 – Locations of past Moon landing missions
  • 11:07 – What’s so special about the polar regions on the Moon?
  • 15:28 – All about that water on the Moon
  • 26:13 – How much water is there on the Moon exactly?
  • 28:37 – Challenges in tapping the Moon water
  • 38:11 – Q&A Brief

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