Moon Colonies To Happen “Sooner Than You Think”

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The United States Department Of Commerce today released an “Op-Ed” regarding the future of space travel. This post was published on a day that is resonant with three significant events related to the topic:

  1. 1961: JFK asks Congress to support the burgeoning U.S. space program.
  2. 1977: Star Wars is released in theaters.
  3. 2012: SpaceX Dragon becomes the first commercial spacecraft to visit the International Space Station.

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On The Future Of Humanity In Space

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I’ve had an interesting…meditation on this topic last night. For some context, I’m an avid reader about innovations in, and the future of, space exploration—though you know, certainly not an expert. I’ve always been fascinated by Timothy Leary’s belief regarding humanity’s destiny being in the stars, “Starseed.”

In his book Musings On Human Metamorphosis, Leary writes:

“Migration is nature’s classic solution to overpopulation, scarcity, and competition. When humanity begins to work for extraterrestrial migration, the competition for material acquisition will gradually diminish because unlimited space, energy, and resources await in the solar system.”

And I have…until yesterday night…really agreed with Leary on this point.

But.

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On Believing In The Possibility Of Life On Other Planets

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Here’s a question for you. Why do you think that even now—now that it’s been established that there are millions and billions of other planets in the solar system, some of which should theoretically hold life—the status quo is still largely that to believe in extraterrestrial life is “crazy?”

Wouldn’t it make more rational sense that we here on Earth aren’t the only life forms in the universe? How did the “official” sources and gatekeepers of information maintain this idea so long? How wacky-sounding is this myth: where our planet is the only place where life exists, just us, here alone? Egotistical much?

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Alien Life Likely Found On The International Space Station

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Possibly inaccurate artist’s interpretation of how it all went down.

Before we start, a reminder of two things:

  1. The “big” discovery of life from other worlds might end up being literally very, very small.
  2. So-called “simple” organisms like viruses, parasites and bacteria might be far more complex than we can even imagine.

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Asgardia, The First “Space Nation,” Has Launched (Uh, Sort Of)

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Last year I told you about the very Thor-sounding Asgardia—the proposed first “space nation” spearheaded by Russian businessman Igor Ashurbeyli. Well, it finally launched this past Saturday. Kinda. Sort of.

What actually launched was a Wonder Bread-sized “cubesat” (file server/satellite) named Asgardia-1—containing, among other things, Asgardia’s constitution, flag, database of its over 100,000 citizens, and citizen personal files (18,000 in all). Which is very interesting to me, because I believe in the future there will be an increasing trend in people shooting their most precious data into space.

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“Shapeshifting” Bacteria Found On International Space Station

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Ha ha ha, no no no: obviously, we’re not talking about something on the level of Lovecraftian horror as John Carpenter’s The Thing. (Yet?)

But what we have is bacteria on the International Space Station that have reacted to antibiotics by “clever shape-shifting” as to survive the attack. The discovery was made during recent experiments to see the impact of zero-gravity on said bacteria, and the results are not hopeful in terms of trying to treat infections and whatnot in space.

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