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The statement was made by science writer Christopher Wanjek, who wrote “Astronauts: How Humans Settle on the Moon, Mars and Beyond.” According to the latest United Nations estimates, the current population is about 7.8 billion.
However, some scientists believe that humans will eventually settle in space outside the earth, which may lead to a huge population growth.
NASA plans to send humans back to the moon before 2024, and then establish a permanent base on the lunar surface.
Then it hopes to land a human astronaut on Mars, which is the first step that humans will take to the earth.
In an interview with Express.co.uk, Wan Jack said that space colonization will open up huge resources for mankind.
Space writer Christopher Wanjek
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He argued that the resources available on the edge of the asteroid could contribute to the surge in numbers.
Mr. Wanjek commented: “In a world with unlimited resources, when you absorb space resources, everything will open up. Suddenly, no one is your enemy. Everyone has potential.
“There will be more and more people with more ideas to get you into the positive cycle that humans can do, and they can use these infinite resources of the solar system.
“There are sufficient resources on the edge of the asteroid to support trillions of people.
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“When you think about minerals and oxygen and everything that life needs, they are everywhere.”
Mr. Wanjek argued that space hotels will play a key role in the commercialization of space and claimed that they are likely to be built before permanent lunar bases.
The Trump administration has set NASA’s goal to send humans back to the moon in 2024 through its Artemis plan, and then continue to establish a permanent base.
Mr. Wanjek commented: “We will definitely provide services to the space hotel and space tourism industry within this decade.
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“I don’t think there will be a lunar base in this decade.
“This plan to return humans to the moon by 2024 is doomed to fail. First of all, this is a bad idea, and now, with the arrival of the pandemic, this will certainly not happen.
“What you want to do and what NASA plans to do is slowly getting back there by establishing infrastructure.
“Send some robots, plan the area, and lay some infrastructure.
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“We will send a few people to do nothing and waste a lot of money. We know nothing about this.”
“Getting people to the moon by 2024 will actually hinder our ability to establish a base there by the end of this decade.”
Mr. Wanjek emphasized the importance of business opportunities in promoting the development of human space.
Several companies including Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin are currently developing for suborbital space A vehicle for tourism.
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According to the scientific writer, mining may also play a key role. There are deposits of iron and silicon on the moon and water that can be broken down into oxygen and hydrogen.
He commented: “If it is feasible, the people who make money will be mining, and tourism may be more feasible than mining.
“Everything goes in parallel. By sending people into low-Earth orbits into perhaps expandable space hotels, more people interested in space can be attracted.
“As more and more people participate, the cost will definitely fall, which means more people will be able to stand up.”