- Eric Hazelle
- Phoenix, AZ
- United States
A space program with current and future benefits for the human race.
Since the shutdown of the shuttle, we're in serious need of a space program; a direction. I propose a program taking, perhaps hundreds of human generations if not a couple thousand to fulfill, but I believe we need to start seriously planning our space destiny. The human race will eventually out-grow earth. We need to seriously think about settling Mars and Venus, known as "terraforming". We also need to come up with serious plans to deflect asteroids or comets from hitting earth. I propose step #1 of this plan: finding ways to move large objects in space. Then, we can begin to terraform Mars and Venus. Venus needs a moon to speed up its rotation and give it tides and such like. Mercury would fit that bill. Mars should have its two moons put together into one, and perhaps bulked up by additions of asteroids to give Mars stability as our larger moon does for us. Mars then needs to also be bulked up to near earth size, so it can retain an atmosphere; use material from the asteroid belt. As our abilities in these sciences progresses, comets from the Oort cloud could be brought in to give both planets an ocean and water. The space-faring nations of earth should come together to begin planning this. If nothing else, defense against asteroids and comets should be a world-wide goal.
Until we can step out on Mars or Venus, take a breath of air, and get a drink of water, colonization is a ridiculous thought. There's not enough mineral wealth on Mars to pay for a colony. We have to do some serous long-range planning so future generations can realistically make these two planets livable homes for the humans of earth.