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What if the moon was habitable?
Topic Started: Mar 9 2018, 04:18 PM (138 Views)
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Title explains it. Let's say for sake of argument despite laws and physics the moon was habitable like earth. How would human history go down if our moon was habitable with its own ecosystems, fauna and flora?

I feel the space race would've started sooner then expected and investment in space funding would be more frequent especially considering how close it is to earth. I think we'd also probably be more advanced then we are now currently due to these events and some of the human population living on the moon by then. I also feel the earth will be in a much better state due to there not being as many humans on it thus less pollution and environmental destruction, some species might even still be alive although chances are that could remain the same. I also think religion would be rather much different because it'd be during the Stone Age our ancestors would look up and see a ball of blue and green rather then grey leading to major impacts on early human tradition, culture, and mythology.
Edited by DinosaurMichael, Mar 9 2018, 04:25 PM.
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Indeed an habitable moon would completly change everything. At early stages of evolution of humanity it may influence some miths and stuff, but the real change would happen when Galileo would study the Moon with it's telescope. Maybe we would develop the rocket tecnology earlier but definely we are not talking about 1750 bc moon landing. The real revolution would happen during space race. Probes and orbiters would soon discover that our satellite is full of life of both vegetable and animal completly and radically changing our vision about life. A landing would be much more difficult since the presence of atmosphere and the much more difficult landings. We would have to develop rockets much heavier than the Saturn V as the LEM would be heavier with stronger structure and an ablator shield. Probably the "Nova" would be enaught for this mission. Then we would start studing the wildlife. That would be a major factor in how the exploration would go. If the moon had superpredators and big animals in general we would have to send heavy weaponary too and astronauts trained for big game hunting. After those "Apollo missions" and the first general exploration of the moon ecosystem history can go down in 2 different ways. Building economic robots and landers to study the planet, or going full human colonization? That would be a choice heavily reliant on public and political will. Assuming a go, for human permanence on the moon would need some true monster rockets. Probably NASA would use the Sea Dragon. Such a rocket would be able to easily assembly a really big spaceship in LEO that would carry people and materials back and to the Moon. First explorers would use pre assembled modules and then using normal tools we would start using Moon resources such as wood and rock to built more and more in our initial base. Still the process would take decades for having a fully functional colony on the Moon but indeed it would definely boost our tecnology a lot and also a ton of other things
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21st century space technology would be what 20th century science fiction works (like, say 2001: A Space Odyssey) predicted. Science fiction authors back then made the error of extrapolating space development trends back then into the future. However, space investment has stopped, as it was mainly driven by the desire to be "first" on the moon. It had few tangible benefits.
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