I'm new here, and I have a dumb question.<br /><br />There's a lot of junk orbiting Earth that's useless. I'd like to see some "junk" brought up to be useful. This is something that's been in the back of my mind for years. I've read some pros and cons about going back to the moon. I'm one who likes the idea of the return. Assuming that happens, with plans for establishing a 'permanent' base, what materials/objects will be used to house those who will be stationed on the moon?<br /><br />The 'dumb' idea I had involves the main booster rocket. When we launch the shuttle, the two auxilliary booster rockets are salvaged, but the main booster is not. When the shuttle separates, the main booster burns up in its return to earth. Would it be freasible to have seperation at a higher altitude, and have an auxilliary devise to push the booster into low orbit, where it can be retrieved to a higher orbit for salvage, before its orbit degrades and is returned to Earth. The booster could provide needed raw materials in the construction of a base on the moon or retrofitted for housing. The accumulation of these boosters would then have to be towed to the moon (in groups?), and somehow, be brought to the surface.<br /><br />If a base is to be established on the moon, a lot of resources will have to be brought, one way or another. What would it cost to salvage a resource that would otherwise be trashed?<br /><br />Like I said, I have a dumb question.