A Path To Space For Mankind

Why does Man Push to Explore Space

It is the same push that took the Romans to Britain and the Europeans to America, to explore, to find riches and to expand.

Positive by-products of these pushes included improvements to ships, to methods for food storage, to time keeping and to navigation. Others were the discovery of new foods and medicines and some principles of good nutrition.

There were negative aspects to exploration stemming from the competition between nations for discovery and conquest such as war and the creation of opportunities for piracy.

The Broad Concept of our Recommended Path

Put the emphasis for the development of future space exploration, and the money, on safety, efficiency and synergy with bettering life on Earth.

Don't rush to be the first nation to put a man on Mars or another man on the Moon.  Rather put resources first into unmanned approaches that will enhance the safety and efficiency of manned exploration and the safe return of the explorer. 

Nations should be encouraged to work cooperatively on this approach.  Man's track record in this regard is not great but it seems to be improving a little. A prime example of improvement has been the cooperation between some nations to construct and operate the International Space Station.

Synergy from Improved Energy Capture and Storage

Energy from the sun sustains life on Earth.  More efficient energy capture from Sun radiation and improved systems for energy storage could provide a great boost to the Greening of Earth, the longevity of Satellites and Landers, and to the ease and safety of space travel and colonization. Today some are looking toward fusion as a prime energy source for mankind. Such expectation may or may not be a pipe dream.

Efficient energy capture and storage can lead to satellites with improved power sources, much greater life expectancies and smarts and could provide for less costly maintenance of Earth's systems of communication, navigation and surveillance. 

The by-product of improved satellites would be the ability to surround the Moon or Mars with such satellites, and together with greatly improved and smart Landers, to set up GPS-like navigation systems and surveillance systems to improve the safety and efficiency of man's future landings by providing the availability of fine grain terrain mapping and fine grain navigation.

Fine grain mapping could lead to the discovery of possibilities for obtaining water and energy at particular sites and corresponding focused Lander exploration as a prelude to a manned landing.

Other Synergisms

Improvements to the recycling of Man's human by-products would make both for a greener earth and for more prolonged existence in a manned space vehicle, Lander or Habitat.

Improvements to the longevity of and recycling of all that Man manufactures would contribute to both sustaining life on Earth and to the feasibility of space exploration

The creation of green portable energy on Earth that can be transported to space.

Methods to efficiently obtain energy from raw materials on Earth, on our Moon or on Mars.

Methods to create food for Man from raw materials on Earth, on our Moon or on Mars.


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