People are very messy creatures. For example, within every 27 days we shed our skin and it’s replaced with a new layer. If you’ve ever sneezed then you know of more stuff coming from our bodies. And of course there’s digestive waste. About that, the single most common question to astronauts is about going to the toilet in space. None of these are issues on Earth as they are part of the natural cycle and the messes get naturally recycled.
Now imagine being in a lunar colony. There is no natural environment. Everything about you has come from Earth at an exorbitant cost. The costly food you eat and the costly water you drink every few hours will get processed in your stomach and the waste excreted out. On the ISS, the waste is simply discarded and burnt during re-entry of the garbage container. On the Moon, that option is not available. So either the lunar colony will grow a mound of biological waste or it will have a cycle of its own to turn the waste into something useful.
Yet on Earth there’s a similar problem. Mainly, there’s so many people that the natural cycle can’t deal with all the waste. An indication of this is the Swachh Bharat Mission in India that’s aiming to stop open defecation. Perhaps if you live in a city and gone on a wilderness hike then you’ve had a similar challenge? What to do to keep nature natural while still responding to one of life’s necessities?
Now joining these two issues; space toilets and open defecation may seem unlikely. But there is a similar need. That is, humans need to clean up their messes rather than just walk away. Can you think of something that will address both? Tell us! Or talk with ESAs Space for Sanitation program. Or the USAs Universal Waste Management System (UWMS). And with it we can reduce the messes that we leave behind.
The greatest result from the International Space Station isn’t technological. Rather it is social. It’s demonstrated that different cultures can coordinate demanding activities and achieve something that no one culture, no one country could achieve. Some have put its cost as high as $150B USD. Yet all along we knew that it would eventually fall back into Earth, burning up upon re-entry. That’s an expensive science project. What comes next? Using a similar dollar amount we could emplace infrastructure on the Moon. And it would never come crashing down. It could remain functional for hundreds of years. Now that would be a great result!
Do you like a good science fiction film as much as I? Maybe with people interacting with aliens? And coming out on top too. Yet for this to occur then humans or the alien needs to travel in space. A long way! We don’t know how to do this and aside from an idea on using solar sails to push nanoprobes to Alpha Centauri we aren’t even considering traveling further than the inner solar system. And that consideration is just for a visit. There’s very little being proposed for living off of Earth. Yet our Moon is close, achievable and worthwhile. We don’t need the imagination of a film as we’ve already walked there. Let’s work together and make a colony of people on the Moon a reality.
We at the Lunar Colony Fund are enjoying meeting more enthusiasts and connecting with like-minded organizations. As with the ISS, it’s the social opportunities that will make our endeavour a success. Extend your reach; contact those who might share an interest. Maybe there’s a mutual draw to science fiction films. Convince these contacts that humans can have a future that’s beyond the surface of Earth. And then show them how much progress our organization has already made.
A certain, popular television show exhorts the motives of its main characters ‘to win or die’. Quite a dramatic impetus for action isn’t it? Apparently fiction follows this non-fiction show as we see in today’s world that less than one percent of the global population controls over half the wealth of the planet. Presumably they’ve won. They’re also the ones who decide our future. They will choose whether humans extend into space. Join us at the Lunar Colony Fund as we try to convince them that there are many better television shows to exhort and embrace.
Yes we’ve seen it before and undoubtedly will again. A rocket has destroyed itself on and with the launch pad. Certainly we will learn lots from this failure. And it certainly shows a weakness on relying upon one. Imagine if only one launch system supported the International Space Station. Everyone onboard the station would have to return to Earth if a launch failure occurred and investigations got underway. Makes us realize that a monopoly on space travel does no one any good.
Here at the Lunar Colony Fund we’re wrapping up our third year of seeking support for a non-government colonization of the Earth’s Moon. Our message is getting out there as we’re hearing more and more assertions that a laboratory on the Moon is the natural successor to the International Space Station. Come join us to help ensure that this happens.