Many argue that in aid of long term survival and preservation of biodiversity (Homo sapiens et al. species) it is fundamental that we spread to other planets. However, what is clear is that space exploration is conducive to research which will apply to conditions of the planet Earth. As we head into local unstable climate, the investigations will inform the resolve to extreme weather conditions such as floods, cold, heat waves, hurricanes, earthquakes and desertification phenomena, as well as help us understand how to manage the finite resources such as water. In addition to the pragmatic, the discovered data and celestial samples (fossils & fragments) will contribute to our comprehension of the tangible – physical and the observable – quantifiable theoretical truths. There is potential for the information we discover to help reveal the formation of the Solar System and indeed planet Earth.
Human intervention is necessary but it has to be in equilibrium with Nature. We have identified that as a minimum default we must be efficient, self-sufficient, coexist within the closed loop system(s), and allow ourselves to evolve. Our technology must be reusable with no singular use. Sustainability is a passive and durable method that supports biodiversity but is it enough?
We have observed that while we need to consume matter to generate energy in order to survive, it is precisely because of this awareness that it is our responsible duty to conduct strategies which inject energy back into the ecosystem that is conducive to life – as demonstrated by other species.
We must produce responsive architecture. That adapts to the variable conditions set by the Space context. Generate micro climates that humans can inhabit and grow genetically modified organisms for consumption and other energy applications as well as harvest water. Thus to continue the quest of space exploration, is to strive toward profound innovation.
Whilst colonisation implies permanence, surviving in deep space is more practical in short segments of time due to the natural – biological condition of the human body.
NASA research indicates that with long enough exposure to a micro gravity environment the human body begins to adapt to the climate of Space. However for the human body to evolve to a self sufficient, healthy and safe state without bone loss, muscle atrophy, cardiovascular issues (physiological to psychological), that is to say; independent of reliance on technology, would take extensive amount of time.
Life Sciences Data Archive (LSDA)
Additional concern is the high probability of contamination and to ensure we preserve the natural integrity of Space and in this context, the Moon. These reasons drive the logic of the proposal; a lightweight – responsive – mobile/temporary – modular structural solution. We must generate the minimum required to sustain life and minimise reliance on the physical material. The digital platform is to provide the necessary stimulation and support.
The recreation of the iconic view of Earth from the Moon is intended to remind us of the original 1968 photograph which represents a shift of focus by inspiring ideas such as the “no boarders” movements. Rather than self-destruction people became concerned with the planet Earth as a whole; medicine, clean air/water for all, biodiversity and environmental protection – such is the aspiration.