They chose the moon over Mars as the site of their pioneering outpost because the former is relatively close at hand, permitting rescue of crews by spacecraft sent from Earth in the event of calamity.They proposed that Lunar Oasis be established at the Apollo 17 landing site at Taurus-Littrow, though they acknowledged that "any mare site would appear to be a reasonable choice."Establishing a permanent outpost on the moon would, they wrote, involve technologies that were "not traditional in the space program" and were "better understood by. .construction, chemical processing, agriculture, and other industries." They called for studies that would allow "experienced aerospace engineers and technical experts in a broad range of process industries to work together toward benchtop and pilot-scale plants. ." They added that "[m]ost of this [work] can be carried out on Earth in a one-g[ravity] environment, which means that highly relevant research and development can be initiated soon."In Duke and Niehoff's program, three missions would reach the moon every year for a decade. Piloted landers would each deliver 14 tons of cargo to the lunar surface while automated cargo landers would deliver 20 tons.Altitude and heading are displayed in a separate box. The horizontal line signifies the horizon, the vertical lines show times and headings of moonrise and moonset.
Shopping in the oasis might be strolling down designer shop-lined El Paseo, treasure-hunting in consignment and vintage shops or finding brand-name bargains in the outlet stores. Sample a date shake and learn about the desert’s second largest industry, agriculture, at a local date garden.
Michael Duke, Chief of the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston and John Niehoff of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) outlined a 10-year program aimed at establishing a self-sufficient science outpost that would serve as testbed for space settlements.
Self-sufficiency would also reduce the logistics burden of building and maintaining the outpost.
Visitors flock to the oasis for the destination’s many world-class events, highlighted by the star-studded Palm Springs International Film Festival, the PGA Career Builder Challenge golf tournament, Modernism Week, the BNP Paribas Indian Wells tennis tournament, Palm Desert Fashion Week, the ANA Inspiration LPGA golf tournament, Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Stagecoach, Splash House and so much more.
Maybe your oasis is soaking in the magical mineral waters of Desert Hot Springs or being pampered with a soothing indigenous spa treatment at the many luxury resorts and spas in Greater Palm Springs.