How We Could Build a Moon Base TODAY – Space Colonization 1

by birtanpublished on August 29, 2020

Humans dream about leaving Earth and traveling through the galaxy but we were born too early to be part of it or were we the reality is we could begin our dream by building a moon base today we actually do have the technology and current estimates from NASA and the

Private sector say it could be done for twenty to forty billion dollars spread out over about a decade the price is comparable to the International Space Station or the budget surplus of Germany in 2017 not that big an investment

Really the payoff would be immeasurable the moon is a sandbox to develop new technologies and exploit unlimited resources it would start a new space race and lay the foundation for us to spread out into the solar system and

Beyond it would create a vast array of new technologies to benefit us on earth and we would all be part of it so why are we doing it well sadly it's hard to get governments interested in long-term

Investments in the future of humanity let's imagine just doing it if we start today how would we build a moon base throughout history colonization happened in phases in the first phase of the age

Of expiration of the new world for example European monarchs funded expeditions to chart and discover and to stake their claims they planted a flag and set up a camp but they didn't stay in the second phase small missions set

Up outposts and settlements were founded which was still very dependent on their home countries for supplies some failed but others survived and established a permanent presence only then in the third phase did a true colony form to

Which tradesmen and laborers could emigrate creating new wealth and opportunities for themselves and their families sending extreme wealth back to their countries of origin when we colonized

The moon we'll go through the same three phases this time without murdering billions of innocent people in the process the moon is not a welcoming place for living things a moon day lasts 29 Earth days with a difference of maybe

300 degrees Celsius between sunlight and shade there's no atmosphere to shield us from meteorites big and small or cosmic radiation were still the lunar surface is covered in a layer of nasty jagged dust the moon is hard but we're good at

Doing hard things in the first phase of lunar colonization our explorers proved it can be done that a new world can be reached this face started 60 years ago with the Apollo missions since then satellites like the American Lunar

Reconnaissance Orbiter have mapped the moon while Rovers like the Chinese you too have studied the composition of the lunar surface looking for water ice and metals face one is more or less complete we know what we need to know to enter

Phase two in the second phase astronauts will build the first moon base and this could begin today the first small new bass could be completed in a decade the first nation that establishes this base will be akin

To the first nations building outposts in the new world 500 years ago it's expensive to send rockets to the moon so we will send as little as possible the base will be light little more than inflatable habitats for crews of no more

Than 12 and will be deployed somewhere with a natural shelter options include caves like underground lava tube tunnels or craters near the poles where the days are six months long these astronauts will not stay long the habitat is likely

To be abandoned between missions as solar panels cannot generate electricity during the lunar night but they'll do the groundwork to enable humans to stay permanently our first crew will consist of scientists and

Engineers who will study the composition of the moon and whose experiments will explore ways of using the available lunar material say purifying a lunar ice and turning it into water for human use and water is important for far more than

Drinking they can use it to experiment with growing plants for food hydrogen fuel cells will store power through the long night extending astronaut stays and most importantly it could be split into hydrogen and oxygen rocket fuel by

Harvesting water from the moon and putting it into orbit the moon base will supply an orbital depot where scientific missions to Mars and the outer solar system can refuel compared to the earth it's much easier and cheaper to get

Things off the moon into orbit colonizing Mars may mean starting from the moon but this isn't a true colony not yet the base will be abandoned if funding stops if we want our base to grow into the

Third phase into a true colony it must become self-sufficient supporting itself via exports to earth now private contractors arrive looking to get rich off lunar resources and support services if it's cheaper to produce rocket fuel

In space what else can they get rich on they could extract precious metals abundant in impact craters and other raw materials from the lunar regolith one promising possibility is the mining of helium-3 an isotope that could one day

Be used in nuclear fusion reactors something the Chinese lunar exploration program is currently looking into future colonists may export helium-3 back to earth providing us with cheap and clean fusion

Energy asteroids could be pulled into the moon's orbit and mined with commercial exports to earth the colony is fully in its third phase self-sufficient and economically productive our base will begin using

Lunar material in its construction projects if it's to continue growing fortunately lunar soil has all the necessary ingredients to make concrete robotic mining rigs can sift the lunar dust for organic molecules and could be

Used to build huge structures way too massive to be brought from Earth while advances in 3d printing will make it possible to produce almost everything else the truths need it's hard to say when exactly if the colony becomes

Self-sustaining growth is gradual experiments are replaced by industry and the population steadily reaches the hundreds encompassing more than just scientists engineers pilots and contractors

Representing countries and corporations will be present two of these people will make a breakthrough not scientific but social they will have the first extraterrestrial child throughout history the birth of the first child was

Celebrated as a moment where the seed of a colony finally and irreversibly took root here it means that the moon is not just a place for scientists and engineers to work it's a place for people to live to raise a family

Once this transition happens the colony grows rapidly building more habitats and schools and farms and all the things needed to support the growing population as our colony grows all kinds of new technologies will be invented to sustain

It they might develop crops that efficiently recycle carbon dioxide or the grow with very little water they might find ways to recycle and reuse 100% of that waste technologies that are extremely valuable for Earth they could

Even build the first space elevator in the solar system with a space elevator spacecraft astronauts and raw materials could be brought back and forth from lunar orbit without needing to use rockets at all the moon may become a hub

For economic activity on a scale that's hard to imagine right now it's hard to say who will own the colony at this point will the first person ball on the moon take the national identity of their parents or will a new

Generation melt together into a new lunar society and when existing treaties that bar any nation from owning the moon are inevitably rewritten will the colonists be given a say will they declare independence from the earth

However it happens the moon is a perfect sandbox to learn how to colonize the solar system the perfect project to unify Nations and the only way to guarantee our survival as a species should something tragic happen on earth

If we ever want to colonize the Milky Way we'll have to start somewhere so why not start there why not start now while unfortunately you can't jump on a spacecraft and go to the moon right now

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