Argument: Moonbase would be ideal staging area for space exploration
Ian O'Neill. "Building a Moon Base: Part 1 - Challenges and Hazards." February 7th, 2008: "So, we want to go to the Moon. Why? Because the Moon is an ideal "staging post" for us to accumulate materials and manpower outside of the Earth's deep gravitational well. From the Moon we can send missions into deep space and ferry colonists to Mars."