Life in Space
Life in Space.
Extraterrestrial Life, for humans, is “not natural” but it does not have to be uncomfortable, arduous or boring.
To call Space “Home” - a permanent home – needs some comforts and some alternatives –
some “places to go” and some people to meet.
A way of handling dangers, and “a future” to care about,
some goals and a mission.
There should be an individual reason to live in space, as well as a group reason and mission
For those with a personal plan to return after a year or 10 years, to riches and fame, may not be an option.
A space habitat is not a good place for children to grow up in. There is not enough space for ever more children on Earth, and this applies even more so in the initially restricted confines of even a large spacecraft (or a large ocean liner, though this can be “escaped from”). Both are “very small islands” which have (mostly) only the options that we take with us.
Some “Rights”, “freedoms”, and “choices” we will no longer have.
The option of irresponsibility or war with our companions or competitors will likely have a dire outcome – there are fewer “places to escape to” … initially, none.
We depend very much on our technology and our backup systems, not only for food and water and shelter, but also for air, for “climate” and for resources, which we have to get – largely “by our own steam”. We must deal with “natural disasters” as well as those we cause ourselves by miscalculation or lack of care
Haven1 is the first permanent space habitat, and the smallest size – a “Hamlet” for initially only 100 people, it is the second such structure – LEO-PORT is the first, and the assembly point for Haven1, and other habitats or craft of generally this size initially.
WHY do we need this? Do We? Is it worth the effort and cost? Can we do this “later”?
The “Stay at home Traveller” ?