At 6/16/12 03:10 PM, Suprememessage wrote:
like the mars or moon or something in the future when you're presumably still alive, would you move away from Earth?
My question is, if provided an opportunity to go settle a new planet (we're assuming you succeed and that it's not like Doom or Aliens ) Would you do it, or do you like Earth too much?
Well unless a global effort takes place between all modernized countries, it will be hundreds of year until we are able to live on mars under the protection of biodomes. As for having a body terraformed to the point we can live on it unaided, if act as a global effort to terraform a planet, I think it could take less than a thousand years. But there is a problem with this, humans are stupid and only think of themselves. So the only feasible to get the leaders of governments to act upon the expansion of our species into space, is if an asteroid large enough to kill alarming amounts of people(at the least half a billion) strikes earth, the earth leaders would collectively take huge leaps to convert another body into a habitable home away from our sitting duck of a planet. Planetary bodies and satellites which would be "easy" to terraform would be Mars, Europa, and Titan but since mars is the closest to earth, we would likely aim to make it earth like. But other bodies which could be habitable are Venus, the moon, Ceres, Io, Ganymede, Callisto, Enceladus, Triton, and maybe some of the other major moon of the gas giants.
Yes I would love to be one of the first settlers of any non earth world. Earth is too vulnerable to have no planetary siblings. After all, we are just a pale blue dot in space, there is nothing special about us.
I'm such an astronomy nerd!