from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A detachment of troops stationed at a distance from a main force to guard against surprise attacks.
- n. The station occupied by such troops.
- n. A usually small military base established in another country.
- n. An outlying settlement.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A military post stationed at a distance from the main body of troops.
- n. The body of troops manning such a post.
- n. An outlying settlement.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A post or station without the limits of a camp, or at a distance from the main body of an army, for observation of the enemy.
- n. The troops placed at such a station.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A post or station outside of the limits of a camp, or at a distance from the main body of an army: often used figuratively.
- n. The soldier or soldiers placed at such post or station.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a military post stationed at a distance from the main body of troops
- n. a station in a remote or sparsely populated location
- n. a settlement on the frontier of civilization
Upon receipt of the _halt order_ from the commander of the main column, the outpost commander issues the _outpost order_ with the least practicable delay.
Finally, I would say that the outpost is a technical prerequisite for a Mars flight.
I've never heard any really compelling justification as to why a lunar outpost is a more cost effective means of developing the technology needed to go to Mars.
Now it may be that a lunar outpost is valuable in its own right but if as many people say its primary purpose is as a stepping stone to Mars, I need to hear the argument about why the quickest/cheapest path to Mars passes through the moon (figuratively of course!). common sense
A moon outpost is ISS 2.0 in every way imaginable, because the moon has no ISRU for life opportunities.
So each time a manned permanent outpost is established in Earth's orbit or on the Moon with a necessity for regular transportation of goods and passengers, a market is established by which companies have an identifiable source for revenue and profit.
An illegal outpost is dismantled, but its residents are relocated to an existing settlement that will require additional construction in order to house them.
Like many of my colleagues, I began my career at a local paper (Louisville in my case) covering local news: the police (we called our outpost at headquarters "the cop shop"), the board of aldermen, the zoning commission and, my favorite, the Metropolitan Sewer District.
Oh, by the way, the "lunar outpost" is herein mandated NOT to require human occupation.
Eco-friendl y designs that incorporate local fauna – the Alila outpost is Green Globe-certified -- meld with sweeping views of the Indian Ocean.