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The answer is no. Too much power would be required. Even if the power was somehow available, sufficient power to have an effect on the Moon would heat Earth's atmosphere to such an extent that oxygen and nitrogen would react. Such atmospheric disturbance would interfere with the laser. Even the worlds most powerful laser would have no noticeable effect.


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Rather than worry about cost, legality, etc. , let me try to discuss the physics of focussing any beam (regardless of power) on the Moon's surface. The biggest problem is that of atmospheric turbulence destroying the wavefront. In essence, you need to do "reverse adaptive optics," measuring the atmosphere and bending the outgoing wavefront so that ...


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(What does "some sort of electrical engineer" mean?) To become an electrical engineer, one must go to college and get a degree in electrical engineering. And EE is hard; flunking HS means that you missed out on vital math fundamentals. That being the case, I'd start by getting your GED (if you really meant that you flunked HS) and then going to a ...


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As an employee of SpaceX for many years, I can tell you that military experience is not something that goes very far in who they hire. Also, I can't think of anyone I knew there who had an electrical engineering degree. Your best shot at landing an engineering role at SpaceX is to get a mechanical engineering degree and have a strong interest in rocket ...


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I can't tell you a specific job, but I can help you narrow it down quite a bit. The best way to start answering this question is to go look at the job openings that Space-X currently has listed, and what the requirements are for those jobs. https://www.spacex.com/careers/ You can also go to third party websites like indeed.com that list the same jobs, but ...


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Though many say that success directly reflects how hard one works or how motivated one is, there is a huge amount of random "luck" involved; being in the right place at the right time, meeting just the right people who may be helpful later, etc. This leads to the following advice. Choose a path that has you doing things that you really enjoy doing: ...


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If I were you, I would do anything to do with repairing stuff. Airplane mechanic, ordinance technician, etc. There's a huge amount of demand for that kind of person. If that isn't your thing, you could try to work at one of the various command centers, such as the C-SPOC (Space Track). Just take a look at the Air Force careers website, start picking ...


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