From a purely idealistic standpoint, we as humans should never stop progressing. What's the point of having NASA or any space program if you're not striving for space colonization? That should be the ultimate goal. I like the idea of the private sector investing in space technology to make this happen. Government is too slow and inefficient.
As humans we need food, water, and space to live. The earth is only so big and can only hold so many people but space... Space is vast. The earth may be the perfect planet to live on and we may have not found any liquid water out in space but we may soon find this. This is important because sooner or later the human population will grow by so much that we will overpopulate and overuse our resources. This will kill the human race so we should be ready.
Humans are born and bred to evolve. We already are the dominate race on Earth, why not next the Moon? Or Mars? We can then focus our work on finding new energy sources outside the planet, or maybe off-planet mining. Plus if you think about it, if the U.S. develops a colonization program, other nations would pay millions if not billions to join the United States. Plus the income that would come in from materials rarely found on Earth, or even the income from shipping others to different planets. I highly think the benefits outweigh the risks.
Why should we stop if we already are focusing on going to Mars! We should keep going so we can expand and see more of the galaxy! It wouldn't hurt to see a few more 100,000 miles, right? If we colonize all the way out to Mars eventually, we could focus on more important things, like other solar systems.
We are growing in technology every day. I think by atleast 2050, we should have the technology to colonize atleast the moon. Maybe even sooner. The only problem I see is money, but if everything else goes according to plan, then I assume it would be very possible to colonize in space.
The space colony will be there for us if another astroid comes if none of the people survive there will be no more sabians and our whole world as we know it would come to an end. It would be so cool living in space and seeing stars loser than we see them on earth so i say we should start working on the space colony
The pursuit of knowledge, and the large possibility of raw materials out there. One can see the benefits in outer space considering how much resources are on our planet alone. Outer space is so much larger, holding all the more possibilities and opportunities to expand, grow, discover, and survive. It is a simple necessity.
Colonizing space can help with gaining new resources to develop bigger and better material. With earth becoming somewhat overpopulated colonization can help by expanding the human race. If earth were to be hit by natural, or a man made disaster colonization will help ensure the survival of the human race.
The utter lack of education in regards to the relevant topics that is illustrated in the reasoning in the "no" column is horrifying. The limited lifespan and therefore limited temporal perspective of an intelligent species, ideally, would not inhibit its ability to predict the most probably future and act today in a manner that will ensure the survival of the species long after the individual is dead.
Yes we should colonize space. Space is the final frontier. Instead of wars, we should be concentrated on development as a whole. I wanna see a future where we can expand as a whole. Space offers Possibilities, like finding new types of resources and making discoveries that we could have never thought was even possible. Think about it, why should we be afraid of change? Change is good, thanks to change humans went from the days of caves to the days of technology. Though this is just my opinion, but Space is definitely a place I'd like to explore and colonize.
By Howard B Pampolino Jr
The only important purpose that colonizing space could serve would be to prevent future problems with overpopulation. At the moment, overpopulation is not a huge problem, especially not in the US compared to other countries, so it should certainly not be our priority. Though colonizing space could also serve the purpose of creating some sort of tourist attraction, the cost of flying to outer space is currently so exorbitant that only the super-rich would be able to afford it. Also, considering the gigantic amount of debt that the US is burdened with at the moment, it would be completely unwise to invest in such an expensive undertaking.
Space exploration is too risky to be initiated yet. What we can do without expending the government's non-existent money is research and plan. Space exploration and colonization could be off in the near future, but only if we wait until the risks and factors are fully understood.
U.S. space programs should not concentrate on colonizing space because the costs are exorbitant. Throwing money into outer space colonies is wasteful, considering how many problems we need to spend money on right here on planet earth. There is no justification that would warrant spending money on researching space colonies because the U.S. is not even close to the point of being overpopulated yet. If it really becomes an issue, they might consider it but not until the far future.
I don't think the US space program should concentrate on colonizing space. Colonies are hugely complex and it is unlikely they will be able to control enough variables in a hostile environment to succeed on a large scale. They would do better to concentrate on preserving earth as a habitable space.
I don't believe the U.S. space program should concentrate on colonizing space. Colonizing space is a huge undertaking, our resources would be better used on properly maintaining Earth.
The only good reason to colonize space would be if Earth became uninhabitable. But, to achieve space colonization we would have to embark on the project long before the point of an uninhabitable earth was a reality.
In fact, we might devote so many resources to preparing to colonize space that we bring about a situation that makes Earth uninhabitable, fulfilling our own prophecy needlessly.
The U.S. should not colonize space. Our primary focus and resources should be set on improving life on the planet we've already "colonized". Space colonization would be expensive, and creates the idea that we've already screwed up our own planet bad enough that we're moving on to the next. There are already "real" issues on this planet that could use funded. I would say space money would be better spent, on "green" technologies, or even solving world hunger. Space "colonization" seems impracticable, and unconscionably neglectful to our current planet of residence, Earth.
It is time now to fix what is broken right here in our own country. This is not the time to be spending dwindling resources on space colonization. The space program should continue in a research mode, but money needs to be spent first here on earth solving problems that need immediate attention. Space colonization can wait until things are in better condition here.
It is more feasible that US space programs will be able to find new resources to help current energy crisis on planet Earth rather than finding new planets that the human race will be able to inhabit. These issues on our planet are more pressing that finding a new planet to colonize.
We don't have the ability to colonize space anywhere in the near future, and it might not be possible ever. So far, there have only been manned missions to the moon. The moon can't be colonized because there is no atmosphere and no water. It would be impossible to build anything on the moon or any planet without breathable air. I think the idea of colonizing other planets, or even a colony living aboard an orbiting spacecraft, is best left to science fiction.
Meteors, astroids, and comets are dangerous, and could hit those colonys, the suns harmful rays are not hitting earth because eof the atmosphere which the rest of the space doesn't seem to have. U.S hasn't xplored that far yet. It is far too dangerous to do it. You people saying yes need to realize this.