posted on Nov, 8 2005 @ 09:39 AM
I see a future where humans (or later evolved forms) regularly snag asteroids from nearby space, colonize them, put them into stable orbits, or even
make colony ships that can travel independantly among the stars.
Humans have a tendancy to need a good old chunk of "earth" to feel grounded, and "home". If we are to go to the stars, I doubt it will be with
manmade ships that have limited space, and comfort.
asteroids usually have a microgravity, which would help long travelers feel more at home, and need less adjustment time to get used to a new heavier
gravity upon return to earth.
they also have extensive resources, that could be used as needed for new metal parts, water, oxygen, and more...
so perhaps we need to think more along the lines of building a colony pod, and engine that could be attached to an asteroid, rather than build it all
we can land on asteroids, so how much harder would it be, to strap engines to one, use them to slow and stop it, and then change its course, to hijack