Humanity Can Colonize The Moon In A Few Years, So Why Not Now?

Admin | Published 2017-02-20 02:44
A paper written by Chris McKay, explores that by 2022, the Earth could already set up a small colony on the moon. In just six years away, with the technology that humanity has today, that theory isn't any more absurd, therefore could be done. “The big takeaway is that new technologies, some of which have nothing to do with space—such as self-driving cars and waste-recycling toilets—are going to be incredibly useful in space, and are driving down the cost of a moon base to the point where it might be easy to do,” McKay says in a Popular Science issue.

Colonizing The Moon May Be 90 Percent Cheaper Than We Thought (c) popsci.com

According to the paper, self-driving vehicles and waste-recycling toilets we now have can be used by the colony on the moon. Using those technologies may even cut down the costs of luna living. 3D-printed buildings and materials, space-ferrying using SpaceX rockets, and modifications of Bigelow Aerospace’s inflatable habitats would as well make the process streamlined and more efficient than those ham-fisted and expensive government programs that continually redesign the wheel. NASA scientists said, the moon could be a station for deep space exploration. Therefore, a colony on the moon could help with Mars exploration missions. Space agencies actually plan to make this happen by 2030, however, there's not enough budget to make this happen for now or soon.

how it'd look like farming on moon

In the paper published in a special issue of New Space Journal, McKay revealed how the pioneer station could be built on the outer rim of the moon’s north polar craters. Solar-powered equipment can be used in the station since the sun shines here all year round. McKay’s paper observes, on a utopian note, “The activities at this moon base would be focusing on science, as is the case in the Antarctic. It could provide an official U.S. government presence on the moon, and its motivation would be rooted in U.S. national policy—again as are the U.S. Antarctic bases. A lunar base would provide a range of technologies and programmatic precedents supporting a long-term NASA research base on Mars.”  
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