Esther Inglis-Arkell over at io9 has written a handy guide for where we’ll need to go to get resources once we escape the gravity well.
We are told two things constantly these days: 1) We should conserve our precious resources, and 2) we should devote more time and money to the space program. And let’s face it, these two goals are directly opposed to each other. Not just because the space program takes up resources, but because if we have a space program that’s sufficiently advanced, we shouldn’t need to conserve resources. We should be able to grab them from other worlds.
If you are like me and want a way to support moving our species forward in space exploration you should go have a look at Spacehack. They have pulled together a wide range of participatory space exploration projects worth helping out.
Distributed computing projects, human powered data analysis, participatory astronomy, there are tons of projects worth helping.
I am particularly interested in the OpenLuna Foundation, an open source approach to returning humans to the moon. From small beginnings…
Initial goals focus on a stepped program of robotic missions coupled with extensive public relations and outreach. Following these purely robotic missions, a short series of manned missions will construct a small, 6 – 10 person outpost based on a location scouted by the robotic missions. This outpost will be open for anyone’s use (private individuals to government agencies), provided they respect our ethical conduct and heritage policies.
As I age I have noticed that I don’t often look forward to movies, and having children I find that movies have come and gone before I have even noticed them. That said, I am really looking forward to this movie.