Thursday, December 07, 2006
the next boom
Forget about Vancouver. Forget about Paris, London, Tokyo, Wichita. The next hot land rush will be on the moon. And I mean hot! Once you get beyond the Earth's magnetic shield, cosmic radiation becomes a bit of an issue. Retiring boomers from Chernobyl, or Three Mile Island are expected to be the first ones lining up to buy their plots.
NASA has announced that it wants to set up a permanent, self-sufficient outpost on the moon by 2024. There is a fair bit to exploit on the moon, so there will be very low unemployment. Lot's of minerals, and such, and huge supplies of Helium 3. Helium 3 can be used as a fuel in nuclear fusion - as opposed to fission, which produces nasty radioactive waste. Fusion results in no such waste. I have read that one shuttle load of the gas could provide all of Earthlings' energy needs for a few years.
There is lots of sunlight at the South Pole too, which can provide solar power to run things, and makes for a great growing season. Inflation will be a thing of the past in the vacuum of space, though you will live in an inflatable condo.
Beam-me-up Moonray has first option on marketing moon condos on the shore of the Sea of Tranquility. The first development might have a name such as Tranquil Towers, or Maison on the Mons. Maybe The Manse at Mons Ampère - a high energy complex for swinging Septuagenarians. The bold will move there from Crater City. Retiring boomers will get into bidding wars over the available abodes.
Weather is guaranteed to be sunny, views of the Earth are spectacular, and they are just not making any more moons.