The Future Of Earth's Moon Essay

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The Earth's moon has a great deal of mystery and indefinite discoveries left for us to explore. One of the most talked about topics of the Moon is if we are going to be living there in just a few short decades or centuries. Just imagine yourself, for example, weighing 150 pounds on Earth. If you were to live on the Moon, you would feel like you only weigh 26 pounds. That is because the Moon's gravity is only 17% of Earth's gravity. You would float into the dark sky, and if you weren't attached to anything stationary, you would float off into outer space, and probably never return. No doubt that the Moon has been in existence for a long time, there are still many millions of years left for us to explore what the Moon has in store for us. The age of the moon is quite controversial. Scientists have studied the Moon to try to give it an approximate age. The youngest moon rock which scientists have studied was radioactive dated as 3.16 billion years old, while the oldest dated rocks were dated 4.6 billion years old, which also indicates that the Moon is the same age as the presumed aged of Earth (Gallant 117).

If the Moon were to be colonized, there are two main components needed to sustain human life, not only on the Moon, but everywhere. These two important needs are water and oxygen. Without water and oxygen, life will cease to exist. Water is needed for us to transport nutrients around the body through the circulatory system in our blood. Oxygen is required for us to breathe and it is delivered to our bodily structures to perform their daily tasks. Ways in which we will supply the Moon with these components needed for life are still being explored. A recent concept thought up by NASA is to develop systems to make water and purify water supplies for the Moon, regenerate oxygen and remove undesirable components of the air (Advanced internet). These systems would then be placed within the Moon to do its job. They have only thought of ideas, and have not implemented any ideas yet for this system.

The diameter of the moon is 2,140 miles across, which is about one quarter of the Earth's diameter (Menzel 323). If you think about it, that is quite a large distance, and being that it is about one quarter the size of the Earth, that means that if the Moon is colonized, it could probably hold at least 1,624,160,602 people; that number being one quarter of the earth's population now (Earth's internet). The moon has extreme varying temperatures ranging from the daytime high of 265 °F to the nighttime low of -170 °F (Gallant 116). That means that the people living on the Moon would need to be adapted to live there. Whether it is an adaptation that they evolve into having, or something that we can...

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