Personally, I’m almost tired of hearing about space colonization, which just adds to the reasons why this latest “Curiosity Mission” featuring a big rover on planet Mars searching for microbial life and whatever else, interests me about as much as an article written about hemorrhoids.
Even as a small child, I remember reading and thinking about space stations being set up for humanoid advancement, but yet, after all this time, still no advancement has been made – even though billions of dollars are constantly being wasted on asinine research that is about as useful as finding a way to help a Bonobo scratch his/her genitalia in a more effective fashion.
This subject recently came to mind, when an online friend of mine at HubPages, basically told me that we are not allowed to have manned spaceships in space (in certain areas) due to some type of alien law… WTF? Is that really the reason? Maybe the cost of building massive outer space colonies and the fact that we, HUMANS, are not biologically built for deep space travel are partly to blame – and that all the travelling required for the betterment of mankind is right here on Earth, for the time being. I mean seriously, the mind is a universe in itself, so why not use it!?
To make this a little more interesting, lets go ahead and bring up the fact that we, humanoids, might also have a problem procreating on a space station due to the cosmic radiation, so WE (as much as I hate to say it) better temporarily pull the plug on science fiction and figure this thing out for real, if we are serious about living in deep space. By the way, would constant exposure to the factors of outer space also turn our muscles into spaghetti? [I actually made a comment on that cosmic spaghetti post a couple years ago, #20th comment under the name ‘perpendicularity‘, and it was funny that I found it still there today]
At any rate, do common folks really think these issues are easily overcome by simply hitting a button or flipping a switch? This ain’t cell phone technology, and your I-Pod can’t save you, as I’m talking about living in Outer Space, outside of Earth, for the rest of your pathetic lives…
Now, back to the procreation point:
Researchers at the agency’s Ames Research Centre in California found that without effective shielding on spacecraft, powerful proton particles would probably sterilize any female embryo conceived in deep space – in addition to the probability that male fertility was also likely to be negatively affected (due to a negative impact on the sperm count). Unless we advance to greater speeds, travel to distant planets is likely to take decades, centuries or longer, and this could make any mission to colonize other environments a non-starter. The scientists noted that space-shield technology is currently not sufficiently advanced enough to offer an ample amount of protection from this type of radiation.
Here’s a quote from this page (http://theweek.com/article/index/212267/why-humans-will-never-colonize-space), here: Why couldn’t humans colonize outer space?
“Because any child conceived and born in space is likely to be born sterile. Scientists at NASA say that the high levels of radiation in space would kill any female fetus’ lifetime supply of eggs, while males in the womb would likely become sterile. The child could also suffer “mental and physical defects” from exposure to harmful radiation.”
We need an atmosphere to protect us, is the bottom line. Sure, if we could somehow inhabit Mars and find a way to make it work, then yes, we could most likely procreate without the ill effects of damaging radiation, but I wouldn’t bet money on it! I’m totally an original series Star Trek fan, but unless we get some serious help from an alien race (one can only guess the motive), then it looks like it is going to take a little longer than expected!
—Side Note: If I was a conspiracy theorist, I’d be having a ball with this post and would fill the comment field full of interesting junk that is featured from today’s most popular reject websites…
Anyway, when it is all said and done, we let our selves get ahead in thought before practicality, albeit I still favor imagination and intuition. …This is normal, but many of us shoot for the stars before we are able to properly hit the targets here on this planet (or is that called “shooting yourself in the foot?”). Even though the main question on this post is “Will humans ever colonize outer space?” – an even better question may concern the query as to whether or not we can co-exist with Mother Nature. Ha! What do you think? No, never? During the next 10 years? Anywhere from 10 to 40 years? Or perhaps you couldn’t care less about space stations or what we colonize, either way; ha!
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Semi-related link: Is Monogamy Natural for Human Beings?
Whether or not you believe that humans will have success even within our own solar system, have you ever heard of this crazy book: “Interplanetary Travel: Secret Journey to Planet Serpo“