Moonguy Posted August 3, 2013 Share Posted August 3, 2013 Hi. This is a an attempt to generate discussion on the prospects for the settlement of the planet Mercury. As of this writing I have been on SFN for only a few days, but I am very pleased that the response to the idea is high quality. I have yet to experience the hostility found on 'other' forum sites. Rules for SFN are that postings should stick to the subject of the original post. I have been posting on a thread about the (extremely important) discovery of water ice on Mercury, but my comments were along the lines of transportation to Mercury. Arguably related to the original post, but not really fair to the poster. So, for further discussion, I submit the following: PREMISE: Establishing an industrial facility on Mercury will enable us ('mankind') to reduce the cost of operations throughout the Solar System. Science, spaceflight and commercial operations will all benefit either by Mercury enabling their expansion at low cost, or reducing the cost of current operations. The Mercury facility will be self-sustaining and economically viable. RATIONALE: Mercury presents a number of qualities that allow it to facilitate our plans for other venues of operation in the Solar System. These plans include: broad expansion of astronomical observations on all wavelengths; manned bases on the planet Mars; mining of asteroids and comets; unmanned exploration of all outer planets on an expanded basis; near-term development of interstellar exploration capabilities. The qualities Mercury presents are: much more frequent synodic launch opportunities to all planetary venues, including asteroids and comets; super-abundance of solar energy; industrially useful raw materials in abundant supply; substantial, but weaker, gravity; environmental conditions that support large-scale mining and mineral processing as well as fabrication operations; Extreme heat and extreme cold to enable both research and utilization of advanced technologies; very slow rotation rate; relative nearness to the Earth for 'rapid' (~100-day) access. . . I hope to develop all these and more as time goes on. I insist on only one thing: civility. By all means challenge my assumptions, rationales. . . whatever. Just do it in an instructive, civil way. I have been researching this issue for several years, so I might come off as a know-it-all at times. Feel free to pour whatever cold water on me you deem appropriate, but just do so with civility. Now, some points about where I am coming from. . . I am 56 years old. I have a professional background in broadcast journalism, but I do not currently work in the field. I have a degree in business management and certifications as a medical billing specialist and a travel agent. My interest in science and space exploration has been a lifelong deal. My interest in Mercury settlement stems from the space colonization studies of the 1970's and earlier. They did not consider Mercury to any great depth. That was excusable for them because it was/is hard to get probes to Mercury to convert guesses to facts. We no longer have that excuse. The Messenger mission has given us ample information to at least begin the discussion. Today I regard myself as a 'recovering space advocate'. I am not even remotely interested in spreading human DNA throughout the universe 'just because we can'. I do believe, however, that we can utilize certain venues to provide benefits to humanity in general. In postings to come I will expand on all these points. Thanks. . . PS: For reasons to be explained later, I need to keep my name secret for awhile. Fear not! I will very soon be able to divulge all in short order. . .! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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