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Swedish Moon Colony

Sure, it sounds like a cheesy skin flick from the 70's, but they're serious:

The colony aims to be self-sustaining in its requirements for sustenance, but it will nevertheless function in symbiosis with Earth. As a result, trade between the lunar colony and Earth will flourish, with the lunar colony contributing towards the development of research and scientific activities, such as, for example, the supply of alternative energy based on advancements in Helium3 fusion power, and provision of structural materials for spacecraft and satellites in earth orbit as well as deep space. At this time of potential fossil fuel shortages, threats of global warming, cultural clashes, and population explosion, this concept might well be what stops man's over-exploitation of Mother Earth by uniting governments and nations, scientists and laymen in mutual cooperation and understanding.

From reading the article, it sounds like they're stuck in a permanent planning stage. But maybe not.

This could make for some interesting discussion. In fact, let's make a poll out of it.

(via Rand Simberg)

Comments

First survey response!
Nice new 'feature', Phil.

Hmmm. Wish it would allow checking the vote count without voting.

Yeah, I couldn't figure out how to make it show the results. But I have set it so you can only vote once. After that, you can try to vote to show the results, but it won't actually count your vote.

If Bush were serious about Mars, he'd offer a $100 billion push prize for the first person to land on Mars and return safely to Earth. It'd be done in 10 years guaranteed.

If Bush were serious about Mars, he'd offer a $100 billion push prize for the first person to land on Mars and return safely to Earth. It'd be done in 10 years guaranteed.

$100 billion without a "constituency" surgically attached would be something to see.

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