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Wed Sep 11, 2019, 02:58 AM

The safest bet for space settlers? Would you believe it's inside Mars' moon Deimos?

BY ALAN BOYLE on September 10, 2019 at 11:28 pm

The smaller of Mars’ two moons, Deimos, was named after the Greek god of terror — but the way former NASA flight surgeon Jim Logan sees it, Deimos could be a comfort zone for space settlers.

“The Mars-facing side of Deimos is probably the most valuable real estate in the solar system,” Logan, co-founder of the Space Enterprise Institute, said today at Seattle’s Museum of Flight.

Logan laid out his case for Deimos during a conference on space settlement, presented this week by the Space Studies Institute to highlight the late Princeton physicist Gerard O’Neill’s vision for humanity’s expansion into the solar system.

O’Neill outlined his concept for free-flying space habitats in a 1977 book titled “The High Frontier.” The concept inspired a Princeton student named Jeff Bezos to pursue his own space dreams, even as he built Amazon into an online retail juggernaut and became the world’s richest individual.


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mr_lebowski Sep 11 #1

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Wed Sep 11, 2019, 03:14 AM

1. Colonizing any planet or moon in this solar system isn't happening, period ...

It's fun to joke around about, but it's not happening.

Maybe a little research base on the Moon ... but it'd be dependent on constant supplies flown up from Earth. If there's a collapse here on Earth, any humans on the base will have to be brought back or they'll die when supplies end.

No way can a long-term self-sustaining human colony be established in space unless we magically develop 'warp drive' so we can shoot over to other solar systems in short periods of time ...

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