Privatized Space Flight: World Populations Reach to the Moon and Mars for Resources and Living Space, 2010 - 2035

Antimatter Spacecraft For Mars

Artist's concept: The positronic reactor-fueled Mars Reference Mission spacecraft.
Artist's concept: The positronic reactor-fueled Mars Reference Mission spacecraft. | Source

World Populations Today Need More Energy Sources

Because the populations of Earth are increasing at a phenomenal rate, we need a larger amount of resources to meet daily energy needs. Sustainability and alternative energy sources making progress in creating new reservoirs of energy to tap, from solar and geothermal energy capture to processing leftover Tyson chicken and turkey in Texas into actual petroleum at the same cost per barrel as fossil derived oil. In the American Southwest, universities partnered with business to create additional oil from green algae.

However, we need more energy than that. Google partnered with James Cameron and other investors to begin near-Earth asteroid mining for natural resources in 2012, sooner than the public expected. Google launches robot landers to the moon in early 2013 to renew the quest for natural resources rather, and we bill be on Mars between 2025 - 2035 -- earlier, if Google continues to break its goal deadlines! I am sorry that Neil Armstrong, who adamantly advocated continued aerospace ventures, will not be on Earth to see these events.

World Populations Statistics and Progress:

  • US Population 05/01/2012: .......313,462,927
  • World Population, same date: 7,010,554,459


INCREASE IN 7 MONTHS:

  • US Population 11/11/2012: ........314,807,062 Over 1.3 Million+
  • World Population, same date: 7,053,684,022 Over 43 Million+

Figures are from Census.gov, the US Census Bureau online.

Populations Continue to Increase Through the 2020s...

Population Dynamics and Climate Change

I wrote about this topic previously, looking at the most populous countries in the world when answering a HubPages Questions a few years ago. That material can be found at the link below.

Related to population growth, the United Nations Population Fund or UNFPA sees growth as positive, but chooses as it target issues in viewing this growth as the following (my summary):

  • Assured gender equality and human rights for women and girls.
  • Improvement in Quality of Life for all youths and women.
  • Universal access to sexual and reproductive health, family planning, reproductive rights, and the reduction of maternal mortality (mom's death in childbirth or offspring's early childhood).
  • Health promotion education for all people: understanding population growth rates, age structures in cultures, fertility and mortality, human migration, and others that impact not only health, but economics of communities and nations.

A determined emphasis in placed on increasing maternal health before, during, and after birth. This focus is concerned with lowering the number of women that die during pregnancy, birth, or their children's early childhood; and, with seeing that greater numbers of women use voluntary family planning to cut the numbers of pregnancies and child births incurred.

Population control is both difficult and controversial, leading other groups to recommend colonization of Luna, Mars, and the Moons of Jupiter in order to make room for all the new people and to gain the necessary resources for survival. These resources immediately include metals and water (H2O) contained in near-Earth asteroids and in the Asteroid Best that lies between Mars and Jupiter.

Many futurist books have pointed out space exploration as an option to the world population problem, many with reservations:

  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein
  • Return To the Moon by Homer Hickam
  • Trilogy: Red Mars, Green Mars, and Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson.
  • Why Outer Space Can Kill You

Population Dynamics and Climate Change

Controversy

The UNFPA may or may not be responsible for supporting forced abortions and sterilizations of women, but rumors circulate about it. We know that in parts of China, some female babies are still carried at birth to killing rooms, where they are laid down, the door closed, and they left to die. People elsewhere in the world do not like this practice and many do not want to support the UNFPA if it is involved.

Among the Inuit and related Indigenous Nations, the practice of female infanticide was carried on in times of extreme dearth of resources 200 years ago, the rationale being that these babies would immediately go to a happy afterlife. Enforcing the current Chinese 1-child limit per family is not as romantic a process.

Portions of of the American public take issue with the United States for its membership in the United Nations at all. In fact, anti-UN leaflets and books have been distributed since WWI and the formation of the UN's ancestor. the League of Nations. Some want to abolish the UN now and are appalled that its representatives would suggest population control.

...and Poverty

In the the USA, about 15,000,000 kids or 21% of all our children live in nuclear families that have incomes below the Federal Poverty Guidelines (example: $22,050/year for a family of four). A full 42% are considered Low Income recipients, meaning at or below 200% of poverty level.

-- Columbia University/nccp.org


Flip Side Controversy

Having too many babies too close together is not healthy for a woman's body and in some areas of the world, detrimental to the survival of siblings as well in times of economic downturns and/or decline of natural resources.

What number becomes too many is still at least partially a matter of individual differences among females.

True story: One of my great aunts became pregnant every year until her husband was killed in WWII. Common medical recommendations are that women wait two years between pregnancies to allow their bodies to heal. She arose from the dinner table with her 9 children one evening, entered the bathroom and bled out and died before she had a chance to call for help.

The Duggar family has 20 children at this writing, with two miscarriages, all from 1988 - 2009, so my opinion is that it is past the time for Mrs. Duggar to rest and heal. But can I take legal action to stop the family from growing? No. In fact, legislation in my state during the Johnson Administration attempted to require women receiving Public Assistance to be sterilized, but it did not pass. It likely will not work in the US at all. Further, the Duggars have children to fulfill a part of their faith and likely falls into the freedom of religion context.

Gil and Kelly Bates in Tennessee have 18 natural children and are praying for more.

In 2011, Montana's Tony and Phyllis Wall had 21 children, but most were adopted. This family provided a home to many children that might have been aborted or died from need.

To date, Merrill and Roberta Simon of Carson City, Nevada have 21 kids, all adopted. I have to commend them as well.

Some larger families look pretty happy, but some others are not. Many people in America are appalled with the notorious Octomom and hope she has stopped at 13 children.

Some of the saddest cases I have witnessed have been the Somalian women that emigrated to my city as war refuges in the 1990s - 2000s, their husbands killed in the war back home, leaving a wife with as many as 18 children. Large families and lack of birth control are traditions there. Our state Public Assistance programs do not provide enough subsidized childcare to cover such large families - it might cover five kids - thereby making it impossible for these moms to work. Further, the 18-year-old eldest child also cannot handle several sets of twins or triplets and the very young children. These are the types of scenarios that the UN most suggests be addressed.

Is Living In Space the Answer?

Health Promotion Education about family planning does not always go down well in Third World countries, nor does the idea of human rights for women and children. This is going to remain a global concern, probably to mid-century -- will colonizing Luna, Mars, and the Moons of Jupiter ease this concern? I do not know. However, Red Mars shows us how, once a culture of people is separated by millions of miles from Earth (average of about 140 million miles), another culture of different values and language forms. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress does the same, showing us a language made up of English and Russian phrases. Thus, distance may be a factor, as it has been in early human migration and culture/language development.

By 2112, people on Mars many speak languages only vaguely like Earth tongues. The field of linguistics will likely expand quickly. Star Trek®'s Uhura, Communications Officer, and stellar cartographers will become a real persons. Will we also have a Human Rights Specialist position available?

Ten Giants Of Population, With Two that Are Shrinking

The Top 10 Countries with the largest populations have more people in them than the reat of the world combined, 4.95 billion compared to 4.31 billion.

The populations of both Russia and Japan have declined since 2010 and are expected to decline much further by 2050. One reason for Japan's decline is likely the country's nuclear power plant disaster of 2011.

The world population is expected to be over 9.256 billion people by the year 2050. How many make too many? My county is home to over one million people and it seems so crowded that vehicular traffic is unmanageable many days and people are losing the ability to find privacy. Both are detrimental to human physical and mental health. Therefore, some voices call for humanity to move off planet.

World Population Figures In 2011, In Billions

 
2011, in billions
Projected for 2050, in billions
China
1.337 Billion
1.304; Decline
India
1.189
1.657
USA
0.313
0.439
Indonesia
0.246
0.313
Brazil
0.203
0.261
Pakistan
0.187
0.276
Bangladesh
0.159
0.234
Nigeria
0.155
0.264
Russia
0.138739; Declined
0.109188; Decline
Japan
0.126475; Declined
0.093674; Decline
US Census Bureau

I've Heard Some Call Bangladesh "Little"

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Bangladesh supports 159 million on 50,258 sq mi - more population-dense than Japan (traditionally dense). Iowa, same area, has 3+ million people

Bangladesh Is Little, Land-Wise - 130,000 square kilometers

Bangladesh is home to approximately 159,000,000 people on 50,258 sq mi of land.
Bangladesh is home to approximately 159,000,000 people on 50,258 sq mi of land. | Source

Japan Is Less Densely Populated Than Bangladesh In 2012

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Japan supports a declining population of about 126,475,000 (in 2011) on 145,902 sq mi of land - about 3X the land area of Bangladesh.

Russia Is Huge and Dying

RUSSIA 2050 - 109,000,000 people on a land area nearly 2X that of the USA, with 439,000,000 by that year. Twice the land area, only 24.8% (about 1/4) of the population.
RUSSIA 2050 - 109,000,000 people on a land area nearly 2X that of the USA, with 439,000,000 by that year. Twice the land area, only 24.8% (about 1/4) of the population. | Source

May Day!

Shortly after the national holiday of May Day 2006 in Russia, President Vladimir Putin ordered Parliament to write a plan to stop Russia's declining birth rate. He asked that incentives be awarded to couples to plan too have a second child.

Ironically, China plans to decrease its birthrate by 2050, while Russia unsuccessfully attempts to raise its own (see World Population table above).

Russia suffers from an increasing incidence of alcohol-related deaths, a comparatively high percentage of annual abortions (higher than number of births), and a short life expectancy of 59 years for males (reference: WHO). emigration to the West is also high (reference: US Census Bureau). In fact, my county is a target site for Russian immigration as well as Somalian influx.

Will moving to another planet aide the Russian peoples to remain viable? That is as yet known.

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

That is astounding! I know a family right now with 4 children that wants to have 2 more, even though they cannot afford to do so.


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Rochelle Frank 4 years ago from California Gold Country

It is a mind boggling problem with many complexities--many of those complications lie in the culture and minds of individuals.

I remember, many years ago, that the government with a large population of illiterate people decided to put up posters that could be understood: It showed, on one side, a family with two children. All were healthy, smiling and nicely clothed.

The other side showed a malnourished family of eight who were dirty and ragged.

The reaction of the people was, "Look at those poor people-- they only have two children."


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Many voices say that the Space Program is closed down, but it is not - that's untruthful propaganda:

--Only federal funding was cut and the program continues without it- we don't need it - NASA is working with the Private Sector and I do not know why a group of people do not like that; but my sense is that it has to do with gathering ammunition against the incumbent POTUS in Campaign 2012. We will have first steps on the moon again in 2013, thanks to Google's investment, and Mars within a decade or so of that. In fact, a group of physicians in Ohio already planned a moon colony back in the 1990s.

Resources? - That's why Google and James Cameron are mining near-earth asteroids - resources.

Similarly the MDA produced treatments and cures for many muscular diseases without relying heavily on federal funding, thanks to Jerry Lewis. Why don't many people like it when the Private Sector and individual donations do something good?

The real problem is that the human body may not be able to survive a moon or other planets than Earth and this is one reason for the plans to create new health related jobs and to increase those occupational titles we already have, all within the Space Program that is alive, not dead. Being in preventive medicine, which includes space medicine, I know this.

PennyCarey - Thanks for your observation; I also think it is exciting.


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PennyCarey 4 years ago from Felton

I don't know if colonizing other planets is the answer but I would sure love to see it in my lifetime. It would be awesome to watch them terraform another planet, though I'm not sure how long that would take.

The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress is one of my favorite books! Robert Heinlein is a great author. I blame my father for getting me hooked on his books lol.


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drbillfannin 4 years ago from Atlanta

This is a good hub about a serious issue. Unfortunately, there is little chance that people will move to the Moon or Mars. We may set up a colony there someday, but the Earth doesn't have the necessary resources to send large numbers of people there. Our natural resources will run out long before we have the ability to send people to Mars in large numbers. A realistic date for a first Mars colony doesn't exist. The U.S. government has shut down the space program in favor of social programs. Russia isn't doing much either. The only real solution to the problem is controlled population growth. If the Earth makes it till the year 2100 we may have a Mars colony. The U.S. debt is so large, if the government stops all spending increases, we may break even in 50 years. Then, maybe we can work on a Mars mission. Since there is a good possibility that the Earth will be hit be a comet or meteor, or maybe violent earthquakes and volcanoes, we need a Mars colony. We may follow the dinosaurs to extinction if we don't.

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