Thursday, January 13, 2011
In Our Hands: The Moon
Stephen Hawking long ago said, and re-iterated in 2010, that if we care about our future, our children's future, and the future of our species, we'd best be advised to get the HELL off this planet, and start setting up permanent, self-sustaining colonies ELSEWHERE!
This is wise advice, and I am totally on board. In fact, that's the ultimate goal of me, my weblog, and my interest in all things (so many things) Mathematical Physics.
Why? Because, I actually give a damn, and look at the big picture FIRST, before zeroing in on the details, where, as they say, the devil is (that's a figure of speech, Tea Partiers, don't take that literally).
In ORDER to accomplish this end, we'll need great engineering, which we have by the way, and we'll need more and better Physics, which means more and better Mathematics.
We have those too, and they're getting better daily.
So what's standing in the way?
In a word: Politics.
America has been there 6 times. We probably won't lead the next round, thanks to how polarized our politics has become, meaning the far left wants money for those who don't want to work, and the far right wants money for tax cuts.
But we could do this if we shut up with the asinine rhetoric. We might. And if not us Americans, then China. Or Europe. Or India. Or Japan. Or Brazil. Or somebody.
So I was very pleasantly surprised to see Space.com is running a series of articles this week on reversing the American trend. Very nice, and here are the links:
These stories are part of a week-long SPACE.com series on what it would take for humanity to return to the moon to stay.
The Myth of America's Love Affair with the Moon
The Case Against the Moon: Why We Shouldn't Go Straight Back
The Case FOR the Moon: Why We Should Go Back Now
Moon Mining Idea Digs Up Lunar Legal Issues
Mining the Moon's Water: Q & A with Shackleton Energy's Bill Stone
Coming on Monday: 21st Century Moon bases and the new moon race.
Heck, YEAH! We're going to need the support of MINING COMPANIES to return, because we need an incentive to return. And this time ... stay.
I look forward to Platohagel helping me, and all of us, in this regard.
We already have a presence in space, LEO = Low Earth Orbit, which is the ISS, the International Space Station.
Impressive, but also one fist-sized peice of space junk away from killing the occupants and being abandoned.
Planetary surfaces are safer, and considering what we're doing to this one, well, how much time do you good people think we've got?
In our hands, the Moon.
Go go Space.com ! Branson and Musk will drive the bus. All aboard?