Some years back, the fine space writer William E. Burrows helped to establish ARC, the Alliance to Rescue Civilization. ARC’s purpose was to create an imperishable archive that would contain a record of our civilization in the event of catastrophe. Now a part of the Lifeboat Foundation, ARC envisioned making a ‘backup’ of the human experience, with the Moon as just one venue. In today’s Wall Street Journal, Burrows looks at the dangers of returning to the Moon vs. staying home:
It is therefore reasonable to ask whether such an incredibly expensive and dangerous undertaking is worth it. The answer is an unequivocal yes. But the truly compelling reason to build a lunar base is not for adventure, though there will be plenty of that. Nor is it to mine resources to gain riches, though that will eventually happen. The overriding reason to establish a colony on the moon is humanity’s survival: Darwin achieves liftoff.
Do we really need the current space station? Burrows says no — we already have a space station, the Moon, and it’s time to get on with the work up there. A concise and clear-thinking piece, available here.