Should the US colonize the moon?

Posted by: PetersSmith

The moon is that white, spherical thing that you see when you look up into the sky at night. Should we try to live on it?

30 Total Votes

Yes, but only scientists should live there

Scientists, researchers, and the like should only be allowed to live on the moon. This will allow us to advance space technology and hopefully help us on earth and possibly expand our space programs.
6 votes

No, we should not colonize the moon or other planets at all

We have much more important things to worry about on the earth.
6 votes
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Yes, but we should terraform it first or after

Terraforming (literally, "Earth-shaping") of a planet, moon, or other body is the theoretical process of deliberately modifying its atmosphere, temperature, surface topography or ecology to be similar to the biosphere of Earth to make it habitable b... y Earth-like life. The term "terraforming" is sometimes used more generally as a synonym for planetary engineering, although some consider this more general usage an error. The concept of terraforming developed from both science fiction and actual science. The term was coined by Jack Williamson in a science-fiction story ("Collision Orbit") published during 1942 in Astounding Science Fiction, but the concept may pre-date this work. Based on experiences with Earth, the environment of a planet can be altered deliberately; however, the feasibility of creating an unconstrained planetary biosphere that mimics Earth on another planet has yet to be verified. Mars is usually considered to be the most likely candidate for terraforming. Much study has been done concerning the possibility of heating the planet and altering its atmosphere, and NASA has even hosted debates on the subject. Several potential methods of altering the climate of Mars may fall within humanity's technological capabilities, but at present the economic resources required to do so are far beyond that which any government or society is willing to allocate to it. The long timescales and practicality of terraforming are the subject of debate. Other unanswered questions relate to the ethics, logistics, economics, politics, and methodology of altering the environment of an extraterrestrial world   more
4 votes

Yes, but also colonize all other planets at around the same time

This will put a strain on all of our resources and many of the other planets would require special care if we plan on living on them, like Venus. However, should we establish small colonies on all planets then they can develop and we can make up for...  it by harvesting their resources. Doesn't it rain diamonds on one of them   more
4 votes

No, we should focus on building habitable space stations first

The O'Neill cylinder (also called an O'Neill colony) is a space settlement design proposed by American physicist Gerard K. O'Neill in his 1976 book The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space. O'Neill proposed the colonization of space for the 21st c... entury, using materials extracted from the Moon and later from asteroids. An O'Neill cylinder would consist of two counter-rotating cylinders. The cylinders would rotate in opposite directions in order to cancel out any gyroscopic effects that would otherwise make it difficult to keep them aimed toward the Sun. Each would be 5 miles (8.0 km) in diameter and 20 miles (32 km) long, connected at each end by a rod via a bearing system. They would rotate so as to provide artificial gravity via centrifugal force on their inner surfaces. The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space is a 1976 book by Gerard K. O'Neill, a road map for what the United States might do in outer space after the Apollo program, the drive to place a man on the Moon. It envisions large manned habitats in the Earth-Moon system, especially near stable Lagrangian points. Three designs are proposed: Island one (a modified Bernal sphere), Island two (a Stanford torus), and Island 3, two O'Neill cylinders. These would be constructed using raw materials from the lunar surface launched into space using a mass driver and from near-Earth asteroids. The habitats were to spin for simulated gravity and be illuminated and powered by the sun. Solar power satellites were proposed as a possible industry to support the habitats. The book won the 1977 Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science   more
4 votes

No, we should colonize some other planet/moon first

Space colonization (also called space settlement, or extraterrestrial colonization) is permanent human habitation that is not on Earth. Many arguments have been made for space colonization. The two most common are survival of human civilization and ... the biosphere from possible disasters (natural or man-made), and the huge resources in space for expansion of human society. As of right now the building of space colonies present a number of huge challenges, both technological and economic. Space settlements would have to provide for all the material needs of hundreds or thousands of humans in an environment out in space that is very hostile to human life. They would involve technologies, such as controlled ecological life support systems, that have yet to be developed in any meaningful way. They would also have to deal with the as yet unknown issue of how humans would behave and thrive in such places long-term. Because of the huge cost of sending anything from the surface of the Earth into orbit (roughly $20,000 USD per kilogram) a space colony would be a massively expensive proposition. No space colonies have built so far, nor are there any timetables for building one by any large-scale organization (either government or private). However, there have been many proposals, speculations, and designs for space settlements that have been made, and there are a considerable number of space colonization advocates and groups. And several famous scientists, such as Freeman Dyson, have come out in favor of space settlement. Also on the technological front, there is ongoing progress in making access to space cheaper, and in creating automated manufacturing and construction techniques. This could in the future lead to widespread space tourism, which could be a stepping stone to space colonization   more
3 votes

Yes, we should try to colonize the moon and make the cost affordable to others

The colonization of the Moon is the proposed establishment of permanent human communities or robot industries on the Moon. Recent indication that water might be present in noteworthy quantities at the lunar poles has renewed interest in the Moon. Po... lar colonies could also avoid the problem of long lunar nights – about 354 hours, a little more than two weeks – and take advantage of the sun continuously, at least during the local summer (there is no data for the winter yet). Permanent human habitation on a planetary body other than the Earth is one of science fiction's most prevalent themes. As technology has advanced, and concerns about the future of humanity on Earth have increased, the argument that space colonization is an achievable and worthwhile goal has gained momentum. Because of its proximity to Earth, the Moon has been seen as the most obvious natural expansion after Earth   more
2 votes
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Yes, but we should focus on turning the moon into a planetary defense system

Construct an Ion Cannons on the moon to defend earth from any xenos threat. This will also allow us to literally annihilate and obliterate any nation on earth that dare invoke our wrath.
1 vote

Yes, but we should make the prices so high that only the elite can live there

The elite being defined as those who are very wealthy, celebrities, and corporation executives and leaders. Living on the moon should be a luxury and only those who can afford luxuries should be able to live there.
0 votes

Yes, and it should be available to all those who are willing

All those wishing to live on the moon should be allowed to without having to pay anything at all. The expenses will be paid by the government.
0 votes

No, we should blow up the moon instead

"Are you suggesting that we destroy the moon?" "Would you miss it?" Destroy the moon to show the true power of humanity as a species. This will discourage xenos species from entering the Sol System as if we are crazy enough to destroy our own moon...  then the lengths we will go to defends ourselves cannot be measured   more
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PetersSmith says2014-08-09T16:33:07.7295305-05:00
Thesouthwillrise: We won't have the resources to take Canada and Mexico if we focus on colonizing all of the other planets at around the same time.
thesouthwillrise says2014-08-09T16:34:14.5456154-05:00
One step at a time, brother.
PetersSmith says2014-08-09T16:38:42.2779640-05:00
Thesouthwillrise: If you say so. Canada should go first though.
thesouthwillrise says2014-08-09T16:45:48.5748151-05:00
Yes, I agree.
reece says2014-08-09T16:54:04.2556940-05:00
We're not ready to colonize other planets/satellites.I don't wanna weaponize space, We'd be like a disease.We should sustain world peace before we move on to the next frontier.
PetersSmith says2014-08-09T16:58:30.7795513-05:00
Reece: There's an option for that.
reece says2014-08-09T17:02:58.4879675-05:00
@PetersSmith I guess that one would do.
NiamC says2014-08-09T17:24:27.3847535-05:00
Dude, just give the moon to North Korea.
NiamC says2014-08-09T17:24:40.9051870-05:00
Fvck that, right?
PetersSmith says2014-08-09T17:35:59.3516603-05:00
NiamC: We don't have the technology to create a gravity tether of that size. Besides, if the moon is too close to the earth then we would all drown. If we pulled it too close then it would just crash into the earth and kill us all. Besides, North Korea doesn't have a large enough space program to colonize it in the first place.
Kreakin says2014-08-09T18:31:26.1658041-05:00
If we destroyed the moon all human life would soon be extinct. No tides or seasons means no life as we know it.
PetersSmith says2014-08-09T19:06:56.5210559-05:00
Kreakin: Exactly.
Formerland1 says2014-08-09T19:58:28.6332199-05:00
Turn the moon into a spaceport so we can sen cheaper missions to other planets or moons.
PetersSmith says2014-08-09T21:09:24.5077545-05:00
Kreakin: It's an Austin Powers joke actually.
MasterDebater0 says2014-08-10T23:42:27.2566450-05:00
Mars is a better candidate for the moon. However, much more research needs to be done first. If any permanent settlement is to exist on the moon, it will be a research station. Later, it may develop into a real colony, but the realities of terraforming are both immense on Mars and impossible on the moon. The only way any meaningful lunar colony could be built is with SERIOUS engineering and self-sustainability.
Kreakin says2014-08-11T04:40:59.9427192-05:00
I guess the next step is for one of the space stations to become virtually self sufficient, or at least much fewer supply deliveries needed. Then a base could be low enough in running cost to be viable so far away from Earth.

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