Life on The Moon

Photo of an Elinchrom Reflector, Auckland NZ 2019 (Photo Credit: Christian Espinoza)

The Artemis Mission will see NASA send the first woman (and next man) to the moon by 2024, specifically the lunar South Pole.

They will explore the lunar surface as a possible habitat for future generations. Can you imagine that? The first generation born on the Moon.

Exploring the vastness of the Moon could become yet another man made theme park and ride (see a great dramatisation in the movie Ad Astra), or it could open up the gateway to deep space mission to Mars.

I recently helped my son turn in a science paper for school. The assignment was to write an official letter to the president of the USA, as the “lead scientist at NASA” about plans to colonise Mars and what potential that could have. The letter had to be written from the year 2029. That was more fun for me than it was for him I think.

Will we see life on Mars, as Bowie once questioned? Or will that life be our own, just in the distant future.

Funny how secrets travel
I’d start to believe if I were to bleed
Thin skies, the man chains his hands held high
Cruise me blond
Cruise me babe
A blond belief beyond beyond beyond
No return No return

– I’m Deranged, by David Bowie

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