“As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.” Herman Melville, Moby-Dick.
In the video below the European Space Agency offers an audacious plan to build a moon village in the near future. The prospective of a human colony on our satellite is both exciting and dangerous.
For countless centuries our progenitors on the coastal areas of our globe have cast their gaze upward at night. They wondered and imagined what it would be like to touch the argentous sphere and other lights in the midnight heavens.
Since the 1960s humans have had the technology to go to the moon and return safety. The concepts of a lunar village have crossed many minds.
Perhaps it’s in our genome to explore strange new lands and face the dangers which are fraught in such a voyage to the great unknowns. It’s this striving to return to the heavens from which we came that compels us to seek the horizons beyond the sunrises and sunsets of our planet traversing the cosmos.
There are many who have settled for the complacency of a mortal existence on this earth. They are born, live and die in the same locales like their parents, grandparents and other family members.
However, there are those who dare to dream of a life out there among the stars. Living on the moon would be a small step toward that dream.
From the moon orbit the first colonists could venture forth to settle Mars. From the Martian orbit the other planets could be explored and eventually there could be a launch toward our nearest star neighbor.
Who know what rare elements and minerals may be found on the Moon and Mars. These discoveries may aid humans in their quest.
What a time to be living! However, the plague of numerous problems still beset our world.
In many ways our world, like our race, is dying. Noble efforts are mounted to counteract the steady decline of natural resources, but the propensities of our dark id to sweep the planet like hungry locusts is only nourished by our steady diet of irrationalism and wanton consumption.
As our brothers and sisters in many places face certain death from war, famine, scarcity of clean water, religious intolerance, lack of education, the horrific treatment of women and the languor of dying societies, it would seem that our focus should be on solving those problems of earth which are the creations of humans. Perhaps, venturing out into space and leaving behind a world of our birth, we will find a new way of life which could not happen in our current societies.
“Space can be mapped and crossed and occupied without definable limit; but it can never be conquered. When our race has reached its ultimate achievements, and the stars themselves are scattered no more widely than the seed of Adam, even then we shall still be like ants crawling on the face of the Earth. The ants have covered the world, but have they conquered it — for what do their countless colonies know of it, or of each other? So it will be with us as we spread out from Mother Earth, loosening the bonds of kinship and understanding, hearing faint and belated rumors at second—or third—or thousandth hand of an ever-dwindling fraction of the entire human race. Though the Earth will try to keep in touch with her children, in the end all the efforts of her archivists and historians will be defeated by time and distance, and the sheer bulk of material. For the numbers of distinct human societies or nations, when our race is twice its present age, may be far greater than the total number of all the men who have ever lived up to the present time. We have left the realm of comprehension in our vain effort to grasp the scale of the universe; so it must always be, sooner rather than later.” Arthur C. Clarke
G. D. Williams © 2016
“Calling the effort a “comeback to the moon,” European space planners envision a series of human missions to the lunar vicinity starting in the early 2020s. Those missions, according to the plan, will include coordination between astronauts and robotic systems on the lunar surface. Robots would land first, paving the way for human explorers to set foot on the moon later.”
The ESA said: “This return to the Moon envisions a series of human missions starting in the early 2020s that would see astronauts interact with robots on the lunar surface from orbit. Robots will land first, paving the way for human explorers.
“Eventually we will see a sustained infrastructure for research and exploration where humans will live and work for prolonged periods.
“Here we will put into practice the lessons of the International Space Station, to establish a facility akin to those we see in Antarctica today. In the future the moon can become a place where the nations of the world work together.”
“Jan Woerner, Director General of the European Space Agency, has a bold new vision for space exploration. “My intention is to build up a permanent base station on the Moon,” he tells Euronews from the agency’s main control room in Darmstadt. “Meaning that it’s an open station, for different member states, for different states around the globe.”
“Mankind has never had a permanent lunar presence, and so this new vision, that Woerner likes to call the ‘Moon village’, would represent a giant leap in space exploration.”