Are you in the market for a new home? Well you’re in luck, because you might be able to live on the Moon for just $325k… a month.
NASA plans to land the first woman and the next man on the moon by 2024 as part of the Artemis program, and a study by financial experts from Money, Dot Zinc subsidiary, and a credit broker for consumer credit products earlier this month estimate the cost of building a fully-functioning house on the moon at around $48 million.
We’re talking air seals, industrial-grade air conditioning and heating, meteor-proof windows, insulation and power supplies. And don’t forget about greenhouses, a food supply, and a water supply, since the moon’s exosphere can’t support life as we know it.
Residences and settlements on the moon may happen sooner than you think. Will we be the only ones in space when we get there, and what might aliens look like if we find them?
Arik Kershenbaum, a scientist at the University of Cambridge, proposes that the answer might be hiding in plain sight.
In his new book, “The Zoologist’s Guide to the Galaxy,” Kershenbaum stresses that the “universal laws of biology” that began with Charles Darwin would apply to extraterrestrials as well.
Kershenbaum argues that biochemistry and planetary environments aside, some version of Darwinian selection would be taking place.
He also states, “Finally, possibly inevitably, a social and intelligent organism, with the skill of language, develops complex technology. It is hard to see how any other outcome is possible. Soon, they will be building spaceships and exploring the universe — if they manage to avoid destroying themselves first.”
Although Kershenbaum acknowledges that not everyone would agree with theories, he adds that the likelihood of meeting intelligent aliens anytime in our lifetime is “so remote as to be almost dismissed.”
We’ve previously reported on the United States Defense Department’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force, and the details from their recent reports.
According to John Ratcliffe, Trump’s former intelligence director, US Military pilots and satellites have recorded “a lot more” UFO sightings than the public is aware.
After being asked about an upcoming government report on “unidentified aerial phenomena,” Ratcliffe said the report will confirm previously unreported sightings all over the world.
“…We are talking about objects that have been seen by navy or air force pilots, or have been picked up by satellite imagery, that frankly engage in actions that are difficult to explain, movements that are hard to replicate, that we don’t have the technology for. Or traveling at speeds that exceed the sound barrier without a sonic boom,” said Ratcliffe.
The report is scheduled to be released in early June by the defense department and intelligence agencies. Sightings of unidentified aerial phenomena are investigated by analysts, who attempt to rationalize the events, often as weather disturbances or technology from foreign nations.
“But there are instances where we don’t have good explanations,” says Ratcliffe. “So in short, things that we are observing that are difficult to explain – and so there’s actually quite a few of those, and I think that that info has been gathered and will be put out in a way the American people can see.”
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for that June report. We’ll be sure to inform you when it is released publicly. Subscribe to our Flight Crew Newsletter for future updates.