In the previous post, Cassidy made a comment worth some thought. I started to reply, and realized I was getting longwinded enough for another post. I’ve copied the parts I want to respond to directly, but please take a moment to see her full comment as well.
“Do you really think that living on the moon is an option?” Yes.
“Do you really think we can create an atmosphere on the moon,” No, not on, but within contained sites — Yes.
“have water,” Yes. We’ve found ice on the moon.
“soil,” Yes. Sterile soil can be made fruitful, and there is always hydroponics.
“ light enough to grow food to support people? ” The sun shines on the moon as it does on the sun. During the two week dark periods there is always artificial lighting.
You are correct, though, that the big issue is fuel. Well, it’s fuel for launching as we currently launch. There are alternatives. The dream that’s just out of reach is the ‘big elevator’. Within reach are other possibilities. My personal faith lies in beam-powered systems such as Myrabo’s lightcraft. However, ventures such as LYNX and Armadillo are demonstrating that for rocketry there are other fuels than gasoline. Lightcraft, Lynx and Armadillo have all managed “proof” beyond laboratory demonstrations.
In other words, we can get out there without using our diminishing supply of complex hydrocarbons.
And you’re forgetting (or unaware) of a major reason to go ‘out there’. There are a lot of resources out there – more minerals, more products. I think it unlikely we’ll find complex hydrocarbons. But there’s a lot of carbon nonetheless.
One of my pet issues — reasons to go — is energy. Specifically, solar power satellites providing energy (by microwave) to receivers which then convert it to electricity. The big hurdle is lift. Once that’s solved, however, the rest is surprisingly cost effective — and a LOT less environmentally hazardous than just about anything short of wind and straight solar while providing significantly greater output.
A final note. At various points in our lives, we face the choice of turning inward or outward; maintaining the status quo is impossible. Historically, the great people/cultures/nations are those that turn outward in those times. I believe this is yet another time we face that decision. I choose to expand and grow great over miserly consolidation with ever diminishing remains.