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posted by martyb on Thursday September 28 2017, @05:20PM   Printer-friendly
from the may-be-safer-but-not-much-of-a-view dept.

Between the lack of air and the constant bombardment of radiation and micrometeorites, humans will need some serious shelter before we can feel at home on the Moon or Mars. While inflating or 3D printing our houses could be one way to pack light for the long trip, the most efficient method might just be to move into the natural shelter that's already there. Now astronomers have systematically analyzed possible lava tubes on the Moon and Mars, and found they may be just what Red Planet realtors are looking for.

Living underground is the easiest way to escape the harsh conditions of the lunar or Martian surface, and scientists have already found a few candidates. NASA has found hundreds of deep pits in the pock-marked rock of the Moon that could make good hidey-holes from the elements, and there's evidence of sprawling networks of lava tubes below the surface.

Don't they realize this has been proven to be a bad idea?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 28 2017, @06:58PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 28 2017, @06:58PM (#574484)

    Everything is about riding the gravy train.

    So, before you can talk about "real" progress, you have to define what that means. What do you mean by "real" progress.

    For instance, Elon Musk defines "real" progress as backing up Humanity in way that is independent of the Earth system. That's why his gravy train runs to Mars, and not to the Moon.

    Where does your gravy train run?

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 29 2017, @07:17AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 29 2017, @07:17AM (#574705)
    Real progress for humanity would be taking effective steps towards delaying extinction for as long as possible while remaining "healthy and thriving" as a society (I don't consider as real progress paths where everyone becomes corpsicles).

    Spending money on manned missions to Mars and bases on Mars before we even know whether Mars gravity is good enough is a waste of limited resources and time and thus not progress.

    Space stations with artificial gravity and radiation shielding would be the first step. Once you have developed that tech it increases the possibilities of people surviving elsewhere in the Solar System, or even other systems. There wouldn't actually be a need for bases on Mars.

    You are going to need the radiation shielding tech on Mars and Moon anyway.