Could we colonize the moon? Take the quiz!
Space colonization has captured the human imagination for thousands of years. We've been there before, and now the question looms not IF the moon will be colonized, but when. Take our quiz and see what you know about this new frontier!start quiz
Question 1 of 20
The company Virgin has conducted its first test flight for a commercial spacecraft. What is the name of the spacecraft?
... Virgin, the company leading the way in space travel, has begun testing its prototype space plane, Virgin Galactic.
Question 2 of 20
The United States government is looking toward this to help fund its space program.
... Space tourism isn't so distant a dream. It may not be long before people are paying millions to visit space!
Question 3 of 20
Scientists are hoping that advances in nanotechnology will enable them to build a spacecraft that can do this.
... Why go all the way back to Earth? Scientists are hoping nanotechnologies will enable them to create a "self-healing" ship.
Question 4 of 20
In 1835, journalist John Herschel wrote a series of six articles claiming the discovery of life on the moon. His articles became known as...
... Not long after his articles were proven to be made up, people began referring to them as the Great Moon Hoax.
Question 5 of 20
It's likely this will be built in the next 10 years, if not sooner, on the surface on the moon.
... A moon outpost will most likely be the first permanent structure on the moon, and it will likely be built by 2020.
Question 6 of 20
What is the distance between the Earth and the moon?
... The distance between the Earth and the moon is 238,855 miles (384,399 kilometers).
Question 7 of 20
On the dark side of the moon, temperatures can drop as low as...
... The temperature on the dark side of the moon can drop as low as -397 Fahrenheit (35 degrees Kelvin).
Question 8 of 20
When is the moon NOT being bombarded by flying chunks of ice and rock?
... The moon is constantly being bombarded at all times of the year, which results in its cratered surface.
Question 9 of 20
Some scientists believe that the most realistic place to build a moon colony would be inside these.
... Some scientists believe that lava tubes, formed by cooled and hardened lava flows, would be the most realistic spot for a moon colony.
Question 10 of 20
What is the name of the renowned physicist who claimed that space colonization is the only way to preserve the human species?
... Stephen Hawking has said on numerous occasions that the key to the survival of the human species is space colonization.
Question 11 of 20
What's the name of the space station that President Ronald Reagan proposed building in 1984?
... Ronald Reagan proposed the International Space Station, which is now in danger of being scrapped after 2020.
Question 12 of 20
The United Nations formed this committee with the hopes of guiding peaceful travels and colonization in outer space.
... The U.N. formed the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which outlined guidelines for the colonization of space.
Question 13 of 20
What's the name of the sci-fi book Robert Heinlein wrote about a moon colony gone awry?
... Heinlein's book, "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress," is one of the most famous sci-fi books about a moon colony in revolt.
Question 14 of 20
The U.N.'s Outer Space Treaty has been ratified by how many countries?
... Currently, 975 countries have ratified the Outer Space Treaty, which declares the moon and other celestial bodies to be the "province of mankind."
Question 15 of 20
For years, NASA has been working on growing plants using what method?
... NASA has been working with hydroponics for years as a way to grow fresh food in space.
Question 16 of 20
Scientists have recently discovered this on the surface of the moon, and it may one day provide something essential for human survival.
... Scientists recently discovered 1 billion gallons of water ice in a single crater on the moon, good news for those interested in colonization.
Question 17 of 20
How many days will astronauts be able to stay in NASA's Lunar Electric Rover?
... Astronauts will be able to live and work in the Lunar Electric Rover for up to 180 days, giving them a good amount of time for research.
Question 18 of 20
What is the lag time in communication between the Earth and the moon?
... It turns out that it's not very long. The lag time in communication between the Earth and the moon is only 3 seconds.
Question 19 of 20
Some architecture to be built on the surface of the moon is being designed to reduce this type of pollution.
... To prevent footprint pollution, structures are being designed that would allow tourists to walk only in certain zones.
Question 20 of 20
The only way to eat this in space is in liquid form.
... No salt and pepper shakers in space! These seasonings come only in liquid form.
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