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posted by janrinok on Tuesday November 22, @02:41PM   Printer-friendly
from the not-just-for-bacteria dept.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/63694132

So according to NASA humans could be living on the moon, for long periods of time, before the end of the decade. So from more or less nothing to (pre-) colonization in about seven (or eight) years then. At least the moon is closer then Mars, but you are probably still borked if something goes wrong.

"We're going to be sending people down to the surface and they're going to be living on that surface and doing science," Mr Hu said.

"It's really going to be very important for us to learn a little bit beyond our Earth's orbit and then do a big step when we go to Mars.

"And the Artemis missions enable us to have a sustainable platform and transportation system that allows us to learn how to operate in that deep space environment."

Big question then is -- if asked (or given the opportunity) would you go?


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  • (Score: 2) by janrinok on Tuesday November 22, @03:45PM (4 children)

    by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday November 22, @03:45PM (#1281052) Journal

    I'll be all for it when those places are ready for us. You can live there, but can your family get food, be educated, get the medical treatment that they need? All by the end of the decade. It's been 50 years since we first went there. We have planted a flag. Perhaps we should all spend our free time dancing round it?

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  • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 22, @04:00PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 22, @04:00PM (#1281055)

    The youth are becoming increasingly isolated, not marrying, not having kids. Just train incels to become geologists and miners, and send they asses to the Moon. They will eat cheap bug paste and get entertainment and education online with 1.4 second latency. For health care they can get a telemedicine checkup over Zoom or pay for the 3 day trip back to Earth.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 22, @08:20PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 22, @08:20PM (#1281139)

    It's a long way from this now, but as I get older I would appreciate lower gravity. More time for slower reflexes, less strain on old joints. And by the time people can retire to the Moon I expect we will have a pill that triggers the same effect as impact and gravity on bone density, so that shouldn't be a problem.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 23, @06:56AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 23, @06:56AM (#1281228)
    Many years ago when it first became possible to pay for a trip to the ISS, I proposed that there should be a reality TV show: "Vote Them Off The Planet" with various options like 1 way, return trip and destinations like the ISS(or Moon in this case.

    And various candidates like: Biden, Trump, Hillary Clinton, Elon Musk, Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Kim Kardashian, etc.

    They need to get enough votes and if they win the 1 way they have the option of paying for their return trip, then they can go (assuming they are fit enough)...

    Otherwise all voters get is potentially just a funny call/interview... "Hi X, you've just been voted off the planet in the 1 way category; what is your response to that?"
  • (Score: 2) by Joe Desertrat on Friday November 25, @01:46AM

    by Joe Desertrat (2454) on Friday November 25, @01:46AM (#1281532)

    I'll be all for it when those places are ready for us. You can live there, but ...

    ... will it have high speed internet? People will be living in isolation, with little in the way of activities available that are not related to work. In a 1/6 G environment everyone, no matter the stress and fatigue they endure, will be able to erm, stand at attention. A diversion will be needed that likely, for most people on the moon, only the internet might be capable of providing.