Space Elevator (The Epic Tower) (Page 17)
kittybobo34: Just think if we spent our usual military budget on space instead we would have colonies on the moon and mars, and possibly a manufacturing capable space station, Not to mention all the technology, resources, and new inventions that would have generated.
Corwin: Oh, I know, right?
If humans could just put our differences aside and work together rather than fighting amongst ourselves, we'd have Hiltons on Mars by now, and Disneyland on the Moon.
The Moon would make a great location for retirement homes too... that 1/6th gravity would be easy on old bones.
When Elon sends one of his Boring Company machines up there, they could build Moon cities underground. A good ready-made radiation shield.
kittybobo34: Wondering if 1/6th gravity is enough to dodge the health issues. But, ether way having a mining operation of the moon would be a huge advantage, they could also set up a linear driver that could launch payloads to earth orbit or plink errant asteroids from hitting the earth.
Corwin: Robert A Heinlein wrote about something like that in his novel The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.
A giant Rail Gun that sends loads of ore to Earth orbit. But of course, as per Heinlein's typical style, Earth and Moon go to war to fight for Lunar political independence, and that Rail Gun is weaponized and used to lob millions of tons of ore onto Earth's cities.
The Moon wins that war, as they most decidedly have the advantage of "high ground".
kittybobo34: lol,,, I think we have a long way to go before our colonies try for independence. Perhaps after we get our fist hollowed out asteroid that can manufacture its own food .
Corwin: Elon has his sights on the Lunar South Pole.
There's millions of tons of water ice frozen in the permanently shaded craters. Self sufficiency would be very plausible.