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Space - the final frontier



One goal that I have is to contribute to the process that will lead to the eventual colonization of the Milkyway galaxy. I don't yet know how significant my contributions will be or in the exact form they will take. This site is intended to be a step in the right direction.


First of all, what is space and what good would colonizing it do?


Space is literally everywhere. We are in space right now. So it isn't space itself that is exotic. What make's "outer space" different is what is or isn't in it. Here on Earth we have land, sea, air, and sky. It's filled with minerals, microbes, plants, animals, etc. We also have relatively stable and habitable climates for all the various species on Earth. Outer space, on the other hand, is very un-Earthlike and is highly inhospitable. The solution is, of course, to take a piece of the Earth with us, or make it where ever we can. This is roughly what we did before.


Life began in the oceans and early life was single cellular. As life evolved new capabilities, cells were eventually able to cooperate and stick together to form early multicellular life forms. Single cells can feed by drawing nutrients through the cell wall. Simple multicellular organisms can do the same thing. More complex organisms require circulatory systems to pass nutirents throughout the body. When the first fish started crawling short distances across land, they already had a sophisticated system for breaking down food and transporting nutrients, air, and water to all the cells. This imitated the role the oceans played millions of years earlier. Even today, our blood retains seawater-like characteristics.


So, to go to space, we will create a new kind of body. One that can sustain the harsh conditions of space on the outside, while making life hospitable for us on the inside. We have already don much of the evolution needed to take this step. What I will discuss here will be the transformational steps we can take to go from Earth to Space.




Ok so, where do we start?


This new form of life will be based on human civilization. The word civilization means the "life of cities." So, if you can imagine, each city is like a highly evolved lifeform. This was perhaps more relevant back in the days of city states where each walled city functioned independently from all others. Now cities merge and morph into one another without clear boundaries. So perhaps a "state" more closely aligns with what we will call a colony on a functional level.


On a physical level, the realites of life in the hostile environments of space...




Practice? Why practice?




When do we get to space?




Nice view, but so what?




Haven't we been here before?




Moon or Mars, what's the difference?




Ok, that's three worlds. Are there any other local places?




All that said, when do we get to the stars?

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