NASA and other space agencies are setting their sights on the moon, with plans to send astronauts and tourists to our celestial neighbor by the 2030s. As the possibility of living on lunar outposts for extended periods becomes more likely, the question arises – what would life on the moon actually look like? This is the question tackled by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith in their new book, A City on Mars.
In their book, the Weinersmiths delve into the practical challenges that would arise in the establishment of space settlements. These challenges include ensuring a stable supply of water and food, maintaining the health of individuals living in extraterrestrial environments, managing competition for territory, raising children in space, and dealing with legal issues that may arise in these unique circumstances.
Both authors bring their unique expertise to the table. Kelly Weinersmith, an ecologist and adjunct professor, has a deep understanding of the scientific aspects surrounding space exploration and colonization. Meanwhile, Zach Weinersmith, a cartoonist, utilizes his skills in science communication and cartooning to make complex concepts accessible to a wide audience.
One of the main assertions made by the Weinersmiths is that the idea of a profitable lunar economy, as touted by the head of NASA and commercial space CEOs, might be more fiction than reality. They emphasize that water resources on the moon are limited, meaning that the race for water – a crucial resource for sustaining life – might not be as intense as some predict.
The illustrations in A City on Mars serve to complement and enhance the text, providing readers with a deeper understanding of the concepts discussed. By visualizing potential settlement designs and highlighting key aspects of life in a Martian civilization, the illustrations help readers imagine what a future in space might look like.
As NASA and other space agencies continue to explore the possibilities of human settlement beyond Earth, it becomes increasingly important to understand the practical challenges that lie ahead. A City on Mars offers a thought-provoking and accessible exploration of these challenges, providing readers with a glimpse into the potential future of space colonization.