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Stephen Hawking calls for Moon and Mars colonies

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posted on Apr, 22 2008 @ 03:49 AM
A pretty interesting article.

Stephen Hawking called for a massive investment in establishing colonies on the Moon and Mars in a lecture in honour of NASA's 50th anniversary. He argued that the world should devote about 10 times as much as NASA's current budget – or 0.25% of the world's financial resources – to space.

The renowned University of Cambridge physicist has previously spoken in favour of colonising space as an insurance policy against the possibility of humanity being wiped out by catastrophes like nuclear war and climate change. He argues that humanity should eventually expand to other solar systems.

But in a speech in Washington, DC, US, delivered in honour of NASA's 50th anniversary in 2008, Hawking focused on near-term possibilities, backing the space agency's goals of returning astronauts to the Moon by 2020 and sending humans to Mars soon after that.

The Moon is a good place to start because it is "close by and relatively easy to reach", Hawking said. "The Moon could be a base for travel to the rest of the solar system," he added. Mars would be "the obvious next target", with its abundant supplies of frozen water, and the tantalising possibility that life may have been present there in the past.

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I personally think we should have done this a long time ago.

posted on Apr, 22 2008 @ 03:17 PM
I think a moon colony would be a great idea, not just for the survivalist aspects but the scientific too. The moon has loads of rare minerals such as helium-3 that is needed for the fabled nuclear fusion generator, and probably lots of archaeological importance too in piecing together the moons origins etc.

I think now is definitely the time for this with so much threatening to destroy the planet these days, and I have no doubt the technology of today would make it relatively easy to do. After all we got there almost 40 years ago, now it should be child's play!

posted on Apr, 22 2008 @ 06:09 PM
on that note scientists have made headway into how to start growing plants there. Well they have just managed to grow dandelions (it looks like to me) in soil from the moon. Hey its a start.

posted on Apr, 23 2008 @ 11:16 AM
Wow that's pretty cool, had no idea about those! Certainly another sign that a moon colony is a realistic possibility!

Now they just need to make it so crops can grow there and things become a whole lot easier!

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