from February 21, 2007
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently announced plans to build a permanent base on the moon.
The logical site for this base would be the lunar South Pole, where sunlight is most ready to generate the power required to maintain the good life that American astronauts have become accustomed to and to enjoy, and rightly so.
The goal of this enterprise is to have a working colony by 2024. Humans, and presumably rats, chimps, and other animals, could shuttle back and forth from Planet Earth (PE) every half year.
The reason NASA gave for this daring and expensive plan was the usual: it will increase our knowledge of space.
There is, of course, another but unstated reason. This adventure would be beneficial to the Salvation of Homo Sapiens (SOHS). For is it not obvious to all civilized, educated members of HS that our time on earth is limited, due, of course, to global warming (GW)?
The Myles Junior Think Tank has a better idea. At our most recent late-afternoon sherry hour, I suggested that NASA’s plan was far too timid. I proposed, instead, that NASA, or perhaps a Non-governmental agency (NGO), boldly go where no man, woman, child, fetus, rat, chimp, or guide dog has gone before. In order to counter the inevitable GW and thus effect the SOHS, HS should explore other planets and their moons as possible havens from the coming apocalypse.
Each planet, excluding Mercury and Venus (both of which have long since succumbed to the ravages of GW), would provide possible benefits. Jupiter, for example, could accommodate any population explosion very nicely; moreover, its many satellites could be colonized in different ways, providing vacation sites that could rival PE’s Grand Canyon, the Serengeti, or Las Vegas, to name but a few. Saturn, though smaller than its fellow giant planet, would provide the same benefit, with the perk that would allow the aesthetically inclined of HS to spend long afternoons taking pictures of its spectacular rings.
Even Pluto, though recently downgraded to a dwarf planet, would be an environmentally sound destination for members of the Sierra Club. During its elliptical journey around the Sun, the temperature of its solid surface increases. This phenomenon causes “the nitrogen ice to sublimate into gas—creating an anti-greenhouse effect.” (Wikipedia, Pluto article)
Ideally, of course, it would be nice to discover a planet with Jupiter’s vast size, Saturn’s splendid rings, and Pluto’s environment.
Is such a discovery possible? We at MJTT are inclined to think so. In fact, we boldly propose that such a goal could be accomplished by 2020. And within 40 years (PE time), we are nearly certain that the SOHS could be effectuated. With proper care and thoughtful haste, HS and an arkful of representative species could evacuate PE by Pentecost, 2050.