“The Moon’s low gravity and slow rotation mean that a space elevator could be built with materials already available.”
– Chris Impey, “Beyond: Our Future In Space”
I want to play a game. And no, not in that creepy-ass “Saw” kind of way.
I want you to conduct a thought experiment.
Take a look at what you’re currently doing. It doesn’t really matter whether it’s your ideal role or just a stepping stone in your career.
What is the value you’re providing to other people? Take a minute to really dissect it.
Now, try to think of as many things as you can where those things could come in handy… in space.
This isn’t necessarily the perfect time to start writing a business plan for a lunar restaurant, zero gravity amusement park, or spa (you can’t spell “space” without spa) on Mars.
There are still a lot of problems ahead and solutions that need to be put in place before those things are viable products for the market.
However, taking some time to think about the opportunities that lay 20–30 years down the road and how you can start preparing for it isn’t a dumb idea.
If you’ve got a bottled water company, why let Evian become the official water of space travel? If you’re an expert on nutrition and foods, why not prepare to be the first importer of Mars grown asparagus?
Here’s a quote from Michael Burry (portrayed by Christian Bale in “The Big Short”):
“Fresh, clean water cannot be taken for granted. And it is not — water is political, and litigious.
Transporting water is impractical for both political and physical reasons, so buying up water rights did not make a lot of sense to me, unless I was pursuing a greater fool theory of investment — which was not my intention.
What became clear to me is that food is the way to invest in water. That is, grow food in water-rich areas and transport it for sale in water-poor areas.
This is the method for redistributing water that is least contentious, and ultimately it can be profitable, which will ensure that this redistribution is sustainable.
A bottle of wine takes over 400 bottles of water to produce — the water embedded in food is what I found interesting.”
Apparently the soil on Mars is quite hospitable for certain vegetables:
“You might be able to grow asparagus in it, but strawberries, probably not very well.”
– Samuel Kounaves, professor at Tuffts University
What ideas and expertise could you contribute with? What would you need to learn and understand before attempting it?
You might not put your foot on the Moon yourself but you could still contribute something of value by providing services that companies like Space X, Blue Origin and others need or want to outsource.
I urge you to explore those thoughts. While the results may never come you’ll still have learned a lot simply by playing around with the idea.
Have a kick-ass ₢eative day!