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Should the government invest in Lunar and/or Martian colonies?

Asked by: Cat47
  • Have you *seen* the state of the world today?

    Tensions couldn't be higher and there's the very real possibility of nuclear war, which, even if it didn't cause some sort of Fallout-style apocalypse, would set the passage of civilization back by centuries at the very least. If we set up a colony on the Moon, or on Mars, we have, in effect, a backup Earth that wouldn't be affected by the ensuing nuclear winter.

  • Yes for sure!

    It only makes sense that we expand the human race across the galaxy. It could create almost infinite possibilities when it comes to technology and scientific breakthroughs! Plus it is another chance to start over and not destroy these places like we have with Earth. It only makes sense in the end.

  • It only makes sense.

    There is alot of potential to colonizing the moon. With another world we could sustain larger populations, grow more food, and successfully run them without causing previous damage. Those are just a few reasons why I think we should established interplanetary (maybe even interstellar) colonies. 2 2 2 2 2

  • Have you *seen* the state of the world right now?

    Tensions couldn't be higher and there's the very real possibility of nuclear war, which, even if it didn't cause some sort of Fallout-style apocalypse, would set the passage of civilization back by centuries at the very least. If we set up a colony on the Moon, or on Mars, we have, in effect, a backup Earth that wouldn't be affected by the ensuing nuclear winter.

  • Nothing to live on.

    The only thing they have is surface. No atmosphere, much less air. No liquid water, much less fresh water. No usable soil. All this would have to come from earth as well as the machinery to terraform, and building, not to mention the space craft and it's supplies. If anything goes wrong, help and replacement parts have to be sent from earth. Hope it's not what is supplying air.
    In reality, you could pick any place on this planet and turn it into a livable space for pennies by comparison and if anything goes wrong, help can come much faster. Face it, if life was meant to be there, there would probably be life already. There isn't life because it can not be sustained there.
    Maybe IF we find a planet out there that can already sustain life, we could go there but till then, if you want to expand. You are better off trying to live on the north pole or the middle of the Sahara as they may not have other things but at least they have air.

  • You wouldn't survive

    The chance of someone living in a different earth would be hard because the humans have been living there for a long time and then there the chance of a mentor hitting your building it would also cost a pretty penny and everybody would want to live there but they can't so it would be hard also they would need lots of food. There for it is no possible

  • Why invest so much money?

    Why invest such a ridiculous amount of money to go to a barren planet, that doesn't have the potential to support life, in search of a 'better future', when that money could be used to make life here on earth that much better? You know, feed the hungry, provide homes for the homeless, etc.

  • Absolutely Not .

    The governement has already proven themselves capable of wasting money on frivolous expeditions where they have no real motivation to make a profit, thus causing the need to spend tax money. Allow me to propose a, in my opinion, more sustainable alternative: Turn the matter over to private enterprise. After all, this very country was discovered because of profit interest by private enterprise. And if the such companies feel there is no good to come from such expeditions, and that it would ultimately lead to loss, then they are probably right, and the government saved money. But on the other hand if they did make a go at it, it would be done more accurately, efficiently and cheaply.


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