A new thought I had this morning about an idea that, I think, could change the world.
Awhile back, maybe a month or so, I read some various articles pertaining to space exploration. These articles provided an interesting concept: Turn space exploration into an adventure for those willing to sacrifice everything for the ultimate journies. The concept has been mulling around in my brain since then because it really struck home.
First, the idea. Humanity's past is loaded with literally thousands of stories of adventure. How a group of people organizaed a boat, loaded up and set sail. They had no certainties, barely any equipment or food supplies, and some (probably most) of them were thought to be facing certain death. This didn't stop them though... they had the desire and the motivation to put everything on the line in the name of Humanity. These pioneers paved the way for culture and life to permeate around the globe. However, we have reached a point where the Earth is no longer a mystery, at least on land. Our planet is crowded, our resources are dwindling, and, in general, our planet has a finite amount of time to exist. Anywhere from 1 millisecond to billions of years. That is a chance, an intelligent society, should not be willing to take. This, of course, is what H.O.P.E. is all about.
There are many, many human beings on this planet. In the coming years, of course, there will be many, many more. We are going to reach a critical mass for population and resources, if we haven't already. Beyond the "walls" of our planet exist an unlimited number of possibilities. Moons, planets, planetoids, and who know's what else for other universal bodies exist in the vast reaches of space. There is no better time than now to embark on the most important adventure to our species. We are on the very beginning of space exploration and need to sieze that opportunity to begin moving outward.
What is HOPE? In my concept, HOPE is an organization dedicated to making two things happen.
1) Finding individuals willing to put everything they have aside. The willingness to risk their own life in the name of science and Humanity. These individuals simply need to have the desire and the motivation. Of course, one individual most likely will not be enough, instead there will be teams and each team will have a leader. The leader will post what s/he thinks is needed for their team to be successful. This includes manpower, equipment, funding, supplies, etc. An example of this might be:
-Team Freedom : Leader-Me
(1) Planetary travel capable ship
(1) Terrain vehicle
(5) Years worth of food and water for 10 people
To travel to Mars and colonize a lava tube inside of Crater XYZ
Anyway, that is just an example, of course there are more details to it, but that gives the general idea. At this point, people could apply to join the team, perhaps there are certain requisites and some type of "hiring" process.
2) Companies and organizations could sign up for the different material requirements or provide funding for those requirements. The benefits, of course, to the companies is to be involved in this adventure and paving the path for humanity by risking monetary assets versus their lives, unless of course they wanted to do both!
There is so much to talk about here, it's mind boggling. The payoff would be enormous, it wouldn't require extra taxes and "wasteful NASA spending" (which I put in quotes because I don't think it exists). Instead, NASA could be used as a sort of "inspector". Once their plans are in motion and such, the Team could pay NASA (revenue) to inspect and make sure that it meets the requirements, as far as they are aware. Of course, if the ship doesn't make it, explodes, everyone dies, etc. it will be sad. But this is the risk they knew they were going to take. However, when it succeeds (because it will succeed at some point), the return will be priceless. A whole new industry will explode open and, instead of the sky, space will be the limit. It is necessary to make these steps, put the desire and motivation in the hands of the people and businesses willing to fund them.
I'm very much considering trying to put this together. If anyone reads this and is interesting please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org