How We Could Build a Moon Base TODAY – The begining of space civilization

Humans dream of leaving Earth and travel across the galaxy. But we were born too early to see it. Or were we? The reality is that we could make this dream come true by building a moon base today. We have the technologies and current NASA and private sector estimates say that it could be achieved with 20 to 40 billion dollars in about a decade. The price is comparable to that of the International Space Station or to Germany's budget surplus in 2017. Not such a big investment in the end.

The gain would be incalculable. The Moon is is a sandbox to develop new technologies and exploit unlimited resources. It would start a new space race and would lay the foundations necessary to colonize the solar system and beyond. This would create a vast series of news technologies that will benefit us on Earth and we would all be part of it

So why don't we do it? 

Unfortunately, it is difficult to convince governments to invest for the long term in the future of humanity. Imagine we were doing it anyway .

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 How would we build a moon base?

Throughout the story colonization took place in several phases. In the first phase of the era exploring the new world, for example, European monarchs founded expeditions to trace, discover and claim their concessions .They planted a flag and set up a camp but they did not stay.

In the second phase small missions installed outposts and colonies were founded which were still dependent from their country of origin for provisions. Some have failed but others survived and established a permanent presence.

Only then in the third phase a real colony took shape to which traders and workers were able to emigrate creating new wealth and opportunities for themselves and their families exporting enormous wealth to their country of origin. When we colonize the moon we will go through the same three phases. This time without killing millions of innocent people during the process.

Conditions on moon

 The Moon is not a welcoming place for living beings. A lunar day lasts 29 days. With a difference of maybe 300 degrees Celsius between sunshine and shade. There is no atmosphere to protect us from meteorites, small and large, or cosmic radiation Worse, the surface of the moon is covered with harmful dust. The moon is difficult but we are good at doing difficult things. Since the first phase of lunar colonization, our explorers have shown that this is possible. that a new world was attainable. This phase began 60 years ago with the Apollo missions. From satellites, like the American Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mapped the Moon while rovers like Chinese Yutu studied the composition of the lunar surface looking for water, ice and metals.

 Phase 1 is more or less completed. We know what we need to know to enter phase 2. In the second phase, astronauts will build the first moon base and it could start today. The first small moon base could be completed in a decade. The first nation to establish this base will be similar to First Nations building outposts in the new world 500 years ago. It is expensive to send rockets to the Moon .we will therefore send as few as possible. The base will be light, a little more than an inflatable habitat, for a crew of maximum 12 and will be deployed in a location with natural protection. Options include cellars like underground lava tunnels or craters near the poles where the days last 6 months .

The problem of power:

These astronauts wouldn't stay long .Base will likely be abandoned between missions , because solar panels cannot generate electricity during the lunar night. but they will make preparations to allow humans to stay permanently Our first team will be made up of scientists and engineers who will study the composition of the Moon and carry out experiments to explore the uses of the available lunar material like purifying the moon ice into water for human use. Water is important for more than drinking They can use it to experiment growing plants for food Hydrogen batteries will store energy for long nights extending the days of astronauts.

And more important it can be divided into hydrogen and oxygen, the essence of rockets. By collecting and placing orbiting water from the Moon the lunar base will feed an orbital deposit where scientists on a mission to Mars and the outer solar system can get their supplies. Compared to Earth, it's much easier and cheaper to orbit things from the Moon. To colonize Mars we may have to start from the Moon. But it's not a real colony not yet. The base will be abandoned if funding stops. If we want the base to reach the 3rd phase of the real colony she must become self-sufficient support itself through exports to Earth. Now entrepreneurs are coming to enrich themselves with the resources of the moon and to offer services.

The concept of Asteroid mining:

If it's more interesting to produce rocket fuel in space, maybe other things are too. They could extract precious metals abundant in craters as well as other materials of the lunar surface One promising possibility is the mining of helium-3 an isotope that could one day be used for nuclear fusion reactors. what China's lunar exploration mission is currently watching. Future settlers could export helium to Earth, to provide us with cheap and clean nuclear fusion energy. Asteroids could be brought to the moon's orbit to be mined.

With commercial exports to Earth, the colony fully reaches its phase three, self-sufficient and economically productive. Our base will start by using lunar materials for its constructions, if it keeps growing. Fortunately, the soil of the Moon contains everything you need to make concrete. Robotic mining platforms can find organic molecules in lunar sand and could be used to build large structures too massive to be brought from Earth. Advances in 3D printing, will produce almost everything the crew needs. It is difficult to estimate when the colony will be self-sufficient.

The first Alien child:

The expansion is gradual, the experiments are replaced by industry, and the population slowly reaches one hundred, now housing more than scientists. Engineers, pilots and entrepreneurs representing countries and companies will be present. 2 of these people will advance. Not scientific, but social. They will give birth to the first alien child. Throughout history, the birth of the first child was celebrated as the time when the seeds of the colonies took root irreversibly. Here it means that the moon is not just a place for scientists and engineers to work, but it's a place to live, raising a family.

When every thing goes as planned

After this transition, the colony grows quickly, building more and more homes and schools and farms and all of the things essential to population growth. As our colony grows, all kinds of new technologies will be invented to maintain it. They may develop crops that efficiently recycle carbon dioxide, or that grow with very little water. They may find ways to recycle and reuse 100% of their waste, technologies that are extremely interesting for the Earth.

The space elevator:

They could even build the first space elevator in the solar system. With a space elevator, vessels, astronauts and raw materials could go back and forth from lunar orbit, without having to use a rocket at all. The moon could become an economic pole on a scale hard to imagine at the moment. It's hard to say who will own the colony at this point.

 Will the firstborn on the moon take the nationality of his parents?

Or will a new generation mix to form a new lunar society? And when the treaties preventing the moon from being claimed by a single country are renegotiated, will the settlers have a say? Will they declare independence from Earth? Whatever happens, the moon is a perfect sandbox to learn how to colonize the solar system the perfect project to unify the nations, and the only way to guarantee our survival as a species, if something tragic happened on Earth. If we want to colonize the milky way, we will have to start somewhere. So why not here? Why not start now?Even if you can't jump into a rocket and leave for the moon now, you can learn interesting things about space and the universe. And we can help you.

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