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G Jeffrey Taylor

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Geology, Geography
Why I Want to Build a MoonBase

Permanent habitation of the Moon provides a new perspective on problems confronting humanity, opens vast new scientific opportunities, and expands Earth’s economic sphere. The Moon is the eighth continent and the gateway to the Solar System.

I'm Passionate About

We have serious problems on Earth, such as environmental degradation, poverty, and war. Building  a permanent settlement on the Moon will give us fresh perspectives on these problems.

Professional Biography

Jeff Taylor is a research professor in the Hawai`i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology at the University of Hawai`i. He has done extensive work on the mineralogy, chemistry, and geological evolution of the Moon, Mars, and asteroids, publishing over 200 articles. He has done extensive research on the bulk chemical compositions of the Moon and Mars, using both sample analysis and remote sensing. He was a member of the science teams for the Mars Odyssey Gamma-Ray Spectrometer and the GRAIL (Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory) geophysical mission to the Moon. Taylor has been involved in planning future missions to the Moon, including as the first Chair of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group, and has done considerable work on utilizing space resources and on telerobotic geologic exploration of planetary surfaces. He was awarded the Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in Public Communications in Planetary Science in 2008, and the Shoemaker Distinguished Lunar Scientist Award in 2011.

How I and/or my organization will contribute to building a MoonBase. - 250 Max Characters

I will provide my knowledge of the Moon, its environment, and its potential resources.

Let's Talk About

Anything--professors are know-it-alls!

My Areas of Expertise

I have about 50 years of experience in studying the chemical composition and geology of the Moon, Mars, and asteroids, in addition to evaluating potential lunar resources and the roles of humans and robots in planetary exploration.