Colonize the Moon?

Canada
April 25, 2007 12:31pm CST
Space exploration has been a part of our lives for many decades. When I was going to school, the possibility of colonizing Mars or the Moon appeared to very reachable. Now, many years later it seems that we're not even close to colonization of other planetary bodies. I think we will someday be able to colonize other planets, etc. but I'm not sure I think it would be a good idea. Maybe we could use the Moon as a prison colony.... What do you think - will we someday put people on other planetary bodies? Do you think we should even try or do you think we were born on this Earth and so we should stay right where we are?
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@nrnotrare (631)
• United States
25 Apr 07
Hello lifeluver.... We will explore space, exploring is just something we humans need to do. In fact, NASA has announced that there will be a moon base built by the year 2020 in preparation for further travel to Mars. In case you didn't know, it has recently been confirmed that Mars has water ice and confirmed signs of fairly recent water flows. I'm including several links of sites I think you'll enjoy seeing. www.nasa.gov/home/index.html?skipIntro=1 www.hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/1994/53/image/a/ They have posted more than 8,000 pictures taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.....take your time to see them all......they are worth it. Enjoy.... Tom
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• Canada
26 Apr 07
hello...you've got me drooling over the pictures, lol. Excellent news about Mars as well. It has been my thought that we would start with some sort of Moon base first. That way, the scientists can experience actual living off Earth as well as conduct water explorations on Mars. I think one of the keys to being able to travel throughout space easier will be getting off the Earth - our gravity poses large issues as well as the atmosphere. I must tell you...last night on the news, it was announced that a planet has been found about 20 light years away which very closely resembles the conditions on Earth - ie: distance from the sun, density and apparently it's about 1 and a half times the diameter of Earth. Very exciting news, I thought.
• United States
26 Apr 07
Hello lifeluver.... I thought you might enjoy seeing all the Hubble pictures. I spend time on those sites just about every week. It will take a long time to see them all. Tom
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• Canada
26 Apr 07
So true....I'm not sure if it's even possible to see them all, they're constantly adding more material. I love to see the beauty of intersteller formations. The colours, the designs and patterns, the way they move - it's just so all amazing. Sometimes I wish I could exist long enough to witness changes in our universe.
@uath13 (8227)
• United States
25 Apr 07
The problem is that those places aren't capable of sustaining life. We'd have to ship all the food or water needed which would cost a fortune in fuel making the project unfeasable. To colonize a world it would at least have to have the basic necessities for life before it could be considered and there are none like that in our solar system except earth.
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• Canada
26 Apr 07
You're right - the moon and Mars currently aren't good candidates for colonization. I do think, however, that we will someday develop ways of harnessing what is available on Mars (and possibly even the Moon) to use for colonization purposes. Do you think that's a possibility?
@uath13 (8227)
• United States
26 Apr 07
I don't forsee either place ever having enough water to actually support a colony. A small base & crew might be possible but not an actual population.
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• United States
28 Apr 07
Yes, I think a Moonbase is feasible. (See "Space 1999"). ;) We must work towards a base on Mars if at all possible. I can envision a water harvesting operation there. It's too bad that it cannot hold an atmosphere - if it could we could work on creating one (see "Total Recall"). We also have a possible in Jupiter's moon, Io...(see "2010") Science fiction often divines the possibility of projects like these. I hope that our scifi writers are on the mark. One thing that must be done is to establish a world economy - so that we can all work together to finance such adventures. It's going to be a long time coming, but I do think it will happen in our children's lifetimes.
• Canada
30 Apr 07
It's true....science fiction has indeed contributed to advances in space exploration. It seems to give us something to strive for. Both the moons, Io and Titan seem to be possible future prospects. Money is, as usual, the major problem. I think we have the scientific minds to make some major advances in space exploration and atmospheric studies if only we had the money to do so. Perhaps mining currently unknown substances from planetary bodies will be the answer....
@winterose (39913)
• Canada
26 Apr 07
At the rate that we are destroying the earth, we will most probably have to colonize the moon or other planets. In the future like the 23 century, I think we will know how to do it. It will be a star trek world.
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• Canada
26 Apr 07
wouldn't it be neat if we actually developed a co-operative group like the Federation. Different beings from different worlds working together...amazing!