Space Colonization: Good or bad for humanity?

As overpopulation continues to come up as a threat to earth, the question of living on other planets is ever growing. There are arguments in favor of and against space colonization. Arguments for colonization include the survival of human civilization and the biosphere in the event of a planetary-scale disaster. Plus, the availability of additional resources in space could lead to the expansion of human society. The most common objections to colonization include concerns that the commodification of the cosmos may be likely to enhance the interests of the already powerful, including major economic and military institutions, and to exacerbate pre-existing detrimental processes such as warseconomic inequality, and environmental degradation. No space colonies have been built so far. Currently, the building of a space colony would present a set of huge technological and economic challenges. Elon Musk, Tesla CEO and founder of SpaceX, wants to send people to Mars within the next 10 years. The logistics of getting them back to earth safe and sound still presents a problem. What if there are not as many resources on these planets as we think? Is there really other life on other planets? Your own thoughts about space colonization may depend on your stance towards environmental issues and climate change. This issue will certainly continue to produce discussion and debate in the years to come.

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