The project isn't just an awesome opening cinematic, though - the realities of living on the moon (and that's a sentence that brings joy to anyone alive at a time you can say it) mean it could be a key step to effective lunar life. The low gravity and dusty nature of the moon are such that any conventional launch will blast a wide area with rocket-blasted grit and debris. The "there isn't actually any air out there" issue requires supply shuttles to land relatively close to the crewed quarters to avoid all sorts of inconveniences. The combination is a recipe for disaster.
Carnegie Mellon University and Astrobotics Incorporated propose two solutions, and the latter's incredibly obvious bias in favor of moon-robots shouldn't detract from the inherent awesomeness of MOON-ROBOTS. In the first, a pair of you-know-whats move over a million kilos of moon to create a vast rock shield, to protect surrounding structures from the launch blast. In the second, a swarm of smaller robots gather larger moon stones to build a lunar landing pad free from projectable pieces.
In either case, humanity gets measurably more awesome.
Posted by Luke McKinney.