Last week, I watched an excellent but eerie movie titled Moon. The story involves a solitary lunar miner who is eagerly approaching the end of three year contract extracting energy from the crust of the moon. And then things go wrong. Directed by Duncan Jones, Moon stars Sam Rockwell along with Kevin Spacey voicing a robotic computer. Jones says that he wanted to make the kind of science fiction film he grew up watching… movies like Alien and Silent Running. One of the more remarkable things is how it was received by scientists at NASA Space Center in Houston. ┬áJones recalls a Q&A where a space scientists asked “why the base looked so sturdy, like a bunker, and not like the kind of stuff they are designing that they are going to transport with them. I said ‘Well, in the future I assume you won’t want to continue carrying everything with you, you’ll want to use the resources on the moon to build things’ and a woman in the audience raised her hand and said, ‘I’m actually working on something called Mooncrete which is concrete that mixes lunar regolith and ice water from the moon’s polar caps.'”


August 26, 2010