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SilentPanda
Jul 20, 2009, 09:16 AM
So I saw an article on Gizmodo about a robot drawing ads on the moon (http://gizmodo.com/5318479/idiots-want-robots-to-draw-ads-on-the-moons-surface) that could be seen from Earth. It looks like it's only a press release/possibility at this time fortunately.

So what do you guys think will happen first? Ads large enough to be seen from Earth or a space colony?

It seems like if both were to happen you would want ads to happen first as it would probably take up a good portion of the landscape. Eventually it would be torn down and a colony go overtop it. Ads would also hopefully fund the colony to go up in the first place.

Of course, seeing a Nike swoosh or McDonald's logo in the night sky seems just plain wrong anyway. And I can't even imagine what a person without access to modern news outlets would think when they saw the moon change.

thegoldenmackid
Jul 20, 2009, 09:17 AM
Considering that there are so many problems with a space colony and we live under this thing called capitalism, yeah.

Unspoken Demise
Jul 20, 2009, 09:19 AM
I just hope the ads are classy, seeing as I can't stop it, I may as well enjoy it.

It'll be Geico wont it?

eawmp1
Jul 20, 2009, 09:21 AM
My money's on a BIG Nike swoosh

iBookG4user
Jul 20, 2009, 09:22 AM
This makes me wonder, who owns the moon anyway and would they be renting it out to advertisers? That just seems really odd. But I don't see having a space colony on the moon being very successful, because the moon has no natural resources that we could use. It would cost a lot more money than it would bring in.

SilentPanda
Jul 20, 2009, 09:22 AM
Considering that there are so many problems with a space colony and we live under this thing called capitalism, yeah.

As far as the moon is concerned though, there are other countries that have access to it. Since I don't believe anybody "owns" the moon (at least from Earth!) I'm not sure how easily ads would be to get on there.

I just hope the ads are classy, seeing as I can't stop it, I may as well enjoy it.

It'll be Geico wont it?

GoDaddy or GoldenPalace. :)

thegoldenmackid
Jul 20, 2009, 09:23 AM
As far as the moon is concerned though, there are other countries that have access to it. Since I don't believe anybody "owns" the moon (at least from Earth!) I'm not sure how easily ads would be to get on there.

The problems associated with a space colony and the sheer cost of it, lead me to believe that Coke is going to try to get there second (well, before the colony).

Unspoken Demise
Jul 20, 2009, 09:25 AM
I started thinking about this more, and its making me mad.

"Oh honey, doesn't the dancing gecko on the moon look beautiful tonight? Almost as lovely as the stars they re-arranged for the constalation of Viagra. Its looking quite proud and erect tonight."

SOME THINGS SHOULD NOT BE ********* WITH!

[/Anger]

Maui
Jul 20, 2009, 09:26 AM
Most likely the ads, since they use robots, and everyone knows it is not possible for humans to travel outside the Van Allen radiation belts, without getting fried. That's why NASA had to fake the Apollo landings, and the Soviet Union gave up.

OllyW
Jul 20, 2009, 09:26 AM
Using the moon as a giant advertisement is just plain wrong. :mad:

I think any company that dared to ruin the stunning and beautiful moonscape could end up with a worldwide backlash against the product it was promoting.

I doubt if I will see a colony on the moon in my lifetime. I remember the excitement of the first moon landing but they haven't made a lot of progress in the last 40 years. The cost of getting everything up there is just too prohibitive.

nobunaga209
Jul 20, 2009, 09:28 AM
Definitely ads...

WillJS
Jul 20, 2009, 11:28 AM
If they were both a certainty ads probably would make it first, however, I don't see either of these things happening anytime soon.

Zombie Acorn
Jul 20, 2009, 02:20 PM
This makes me wonder, who owns the moon anyway and would they be renting it out to advertisers? That just seems really odd. But I don't see having a space colony on the moon being very successful, because the moon has no natural resources that we could use. It would cost a lot more money than it would bring in.

The moon could be used as a jump point because of the reduced gravity we wouldn't need as many resources to liftoff. Then again we could just use a space station.

iBookG4user
Jul 20, 2009, 02:27 PM
The moon could be used as a jump point because of the reduced gravity we wouldn't need as many resources to liftoff. Then again we could just use a space station.

That's true, it would make more sense to use the moon as a space station than to put a colony on there. But that would still make it pretty costly to maintain, as you would need regular trips to and from the moon to transfer food, water, fuel, etc. For all the trouble, you might as well use an orbiting space station.

techfreak85
Jul 20, 2009, 02:52 PM
oh haha... people not happy about defacing the moon's natural beauty.... but yet look what we have done to the earth...;)

Don't panic
Jul 20, 2009, 03:02 PM
depends on what size the ad should be.

if it something to look at with a telescope, then definitively and ad, but if it is supposed to be seen by the naked eye, the sheer size of it would be astounding, it might take tens of year to carve it by a single robot (assuming that it would done by some sort of 'digging/carving', without additional materials other than the robot itself)

the diameter of the moon is around 3500 km, so a 300 miles swoosh would probably work.

MacMini2009
Jul 20, 2009, 03:03 PM
That's true, it would make more sense to use the moon as a space station than to put a colony on there. But that would still make it pretty costly to maintain, as you would need regular trips to and from the moon to transfer food, water, fuel, etc. For all the trouble, you might as well use an orbiting space station.

This reminds me of that Disney Channel Movie "Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century" where she lives on an space colony orbiting the Earth.

OutThere
Jul 20, 2009, 03:34 PM
Coming soon to a moon near you!

http://www.drien.com/macrumors/random/applemoon2.jpg


(original file: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Full_Moon_Luc_Viatour.jpg)

iBookG4user
Jul 20, 2009, 03:37 PM
Coming soon to a moon near you!

http://www.drien.com/macrumors/random/applemoon2.jpg


(original file: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Full_Moon_Luc_Viatour.jpg)

And that prompts another issue, what about the craters? Those robots would have to be extremely accurate to make the advertisement look as it is intended with the craters that they would have to go through.

Maui
Jul 20, 2009, 03:38 PM
And would the ads be glossy or matte?

SilentPanda
Jul 20, 2009, 03:39 PM
If we pooled together a few billion I bet we could get a MR logo on there. I'll set up a paypal account for you guys to deposit the money in... *cough*

Unspoken Demise
Jul 20, 2009, 03:42 PM
If we pooled together a few billion I bet we could get a MR logo on there. I'll set up a paypal account for you guys to deposit the money in... *cough*

As long as it routes to a Nigerian address I'm in.

patrick0brien
Jul 20, 2009, 03:51 PM
It'll be Geico wont it?

Oh boy. Won't the cavemen be REALLY pissy then!!

andalusia
Jul 20, 2009, 04:23 PM
I started thinking about this more, and its making me mad.

"Oh honey, doesn't the dancing gecko on the moon look beautiful tonight? Almost as lovely as the stars they re-arranged for the constalation of Viagra. Its looking quite proud and erect tonight."

SOME THINGS SHOULD NOT BE ********* WITH!

[/Anger]

I really hope they don't do this. I would be so annoyed :\ We've already screwed up the earth, so now we're moving onto the moon?!

Using the moon as a giant advertisement is just plain wrong. :mad:
Agreed. :mad::mad::mad:

TK2K
Jul 20, 2009, 04:26 PM
Coming soon to a moon near you!

http://www.drien.com/macrumors/random/applemoon2.jpg


(original file: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Full_Moon_Luc_Viatour.jpg)

wow that's good.
I think ads will come with a colony at the same time honestly. Repair station, etc, it'll go hand in hand.

MacMini2009
Jul 20, 2009, 04:28 PM
Has anyone noticed that Google and Youtube have icons of the moon and advertising in their logo?

Unspoken Demise
Jul 20, 2009, 04:28 PM
Has anyone noticed that Google and Youtube have icons of the moon and advertising in their logo?

Have you noticed its the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing?

TK2K
Jul 20, 2009, 04:29 PM
Has anyone noticed that Google and Youtube have icons of the moon and advertising in their logo?

what do you mean?

Maui
Jul 20, 2009, 04:33 PM
Has anyone noticed that Google and Youtube have icons of the moon and advertising in their logo?

Heavenly.

Don't panic
Jul 20, 2009, 04:48 PM
there you go
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFZHoUVn0i8&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Eexaminer%2Ecom%2Fx%2D8310%2DTrendy%2DLiving%2DExaminer%7Ey2009m7d20%2DMoon%2 Dads%2Dcoming%2DSoon%2Dvia%2DRobots%2DVideo&feature=player_embedded

posit that the thickness of the line of the moonapple logo be approx 100 miles, and that the lenght of the perimeter be around 4000 miles,
if the robot is 1 yard wide and can draw at an average speed of 1 mile/hour it will take it about 6 months of continuous running to complete the drawing (at 1 yard thick), and about 80,000 years to finish it as shown by TK2K (give or take 10,000 years).

:D

Dagless
Jul 20, 2009, 05:55 PM
Bloody hell fire they shouldn't be putting adverts on the moon. Whoever puts an advert up there I won't be buying their products again.

techfreak85
Jul 20, 2009, 06:54 PM
As long as it routes to a Nigerian address I'm in.
actually, it looks like it's the Bamboo Forrest. :p