[Marxism] Fwd: Space Settlement

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Nov 12 07:50:35 MST 2014

Pure insanity courtesy of NASA. "Interstellar" is only a movie but this 
is what our tax dollars is funding.


Space Settlements

spreading life throughout the solar system

"I know that humans will colonize the solar system and one day go 
beyond." Mike Griffin, former NASA Administrator.

A billion years ago there was no life on land. In a phenomenal 
development, by 400 million years ago land life was well established. We 
are at the very beginning of a similar, perhaps even more important, 
development. Today Earth teems with life, but as far as we know, in the 
vast reaches of space there are only a handful of astronauts, a few 
plants and animals, and some bacteria and fungi; mostly on the 
International Space Station. We can change that. In the 1970's Princeton 
physicist Gerard O'Neill, with the help of NASA Ames Research Center and 
Stanford University, discovered that we can build gigantic spaceships, 
big enough to live in. These free-space settlements could be wonderful 
places to live; about the size of a California beach town and endowed 
with weightless recreation, fantastic views, freedom, elbow-room in 
spades, and great wealth. In time, we may see millions of free-space 
settlements in our solar system alone. Building them, particularly the 
first one, is a monumental challenge. If this sounds exciting, read on.


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