Recent news stories have expounded on the large amounts of “water in the system” leading me to a hypothesis that colonization in the future may have one less barrier. Water, being a necessity of life, is heavy and makes the transport of it off-world a detractor of current space exploration. Discovery of water in near by planetary objects like the Moon and Mars has the profound effect of decreasing the technological demands in the near future. Larger rocket motors won’t be needed with moon available resupply.I believe our first permanent step off our native planet to be the Moon for many reasons, but primarily because it is the closest planetary body with water. We have a lot of hurdles here on Earth though. The main one is governance. There are treaties and agreements referring to Space and the solar system. Some antiquated and need revision. Single earthly governments vying for colonies will lead to more conflicts in my humble opinion. I believe we’ll have to take our lead in this area from the Sci-Fi world. Using the format of the Star Trek Federation or Babylon 5 Earth Alliance is the best options. This, of course, is a very controversial thing to discuss and the debate of them isn’t the intent of this story. The intent is to show that we, as a species, are closer to our goal of exploration than many think and opening our eyes to the immense opportunities available to us .
Just think….. The near planets are in our grasp. It’s just up to new ideas, new ambition, and new courage, we can do anything. We can do anything with water, and we have that now.
- More water on Europa than on Earth (amanwithaphd.wordpress.com)
- Asteroid miners explain just how they are going to do it (mining.com)
- New Horizons (iaspreparationonline.wordpress.com)
- A giant leap in interest in the moon (boston.com)
- Life Beyond Earth? Jupiter’s Moons May Have Clues (news.discovery.com)