The people of Earth are going into space. Who has the right to do what and where out there? How do we avoid the mistakes made on Earth, yet encourage the harvest of space resources that might save the planet? How do we make sure no one grabs the solar system yet enable regular people to dream they might own a house on the Moon or homestead Mars?
The idea of an exotic liaison in space is always hanging “out there”, and some believe it has already happened. But what of reproduction? What happens to embryos in different gravities, or levels of radiation? Will those who grow up on Mars, the Moon or floating in space be a new species?
The longest time a person has been in space is 437.7 days. Given we are going out there to live, what have we learned? How do we deal with radiation? Or different gravities? What about emergencies? What is different about each location? Can we build colonies that protect us from these issues, do we pop a pill, or do we engineer ourselves into something new?
Napoleon said an army lives on its stomach. The same thing applies in space, where we will have to grow or make our own food. Learn about the amazing work now underway to develop high output agriculture and how these lessons can be applied to space, and how breakthroughs in space agriculture can help feed the Earth.
Without the ability to use space resources there can be no frontier. We simply can’t bring everything we need from the Earth. From asteroid mining, to making propellant from the Martian atmosphere, we must learn to live off the land wherever we are in the Solar System. So how do we find and harvest those resources?
If you’re a million miles from Earth it makes sense to be able to make what you need to do the job where you are. From additive manufacturing to smelting steel and iron, or even growing biological constructs, we must be able to make what we need to build our new civilization.
In space the sun shines 24/7/365. So how do we capture that energy and turn it into the power we need to build a new space civilization? Equally important, how can we send some of that power back to the Earth to help save the planet? And is it worth it?
While the rocketeers get us out of the gravity well, once we are in space we still need to get around. From solar sails to nuclear rockets and space elevators, low cost dependable transportation is what will knit together the frontier and leverage the new civilization of space.
While we have flown several space stations, no one has ever built a colony in space, and certainly not on the Moon or Mars. What kinds of construction techniques can we use in each of these locations? What kind of facilities and homes can we build?
Be it the Pilgrim’s Massachusetts Bay Company or the colonies of ancient Greece, the financing of space colonies has to come from somewhere. How will colonists pay for their investments? What models do we have? Do we start our investment accounts now?