But what will we use the moon for? What is its ultimate role in serving the people of the earth? A safe hiding place in case earth should become uninhabitable?
My initial impulse was to believe it will eventually be used as a dumping ground for getting rid of things we don't really want on earth:
- Garbage dump
- Radioactive waste dump
I no longer see any of these in the long-term future of the moon. Instead, it will become a playground and getaway place for the rich and famous.
The moon offers a relatively short space trip allowing the rich to get away from the people and stresses of the earth, and then return when ready.
The moon is much closer to us than anything else in the solar system, including Mars. Another planet would be too far away for any purpose except to leave earth with the intention of never returning. The moon, by default, will play the role of a short and temporary escape, like a vacation.
With this in mind, it can't be a dumping ground or a jail if it is to appeal to the rich. It must be a desirable luxury destination, and economically feasible. Imagine a resort with casinos, golf course, sports stadium, hotel, and health spa.
Travel to the moon will become cheaper as technology advances. The space elevator and skyhook, for example. Within the next 100 years?
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