Space Ex­plo­ra­tion & Colonization

Space Ex­plo­ra­tion & Coloniza­tion in­volves hu­mans or hu­man-built ma­chines trav­el­ing to other planets, star sys­tems, or galax­ies.

Pos­si­ble mo­ti­va­tions in­clude cu­ri­os­ity, re­duc­ing the chance of ex­is­ten­tial risks, and ex­pand­ing hu­man civ­i­liza­tion.

Pos­si­ble tech­niques in­clude both pre­sent or near-fu­ture tech­nol­ogy and spec­u­la­tive fu­ture tech­nol­ogy.

For the ques­tion of why alien civ­i­liza­tions haven’t space-colonized us, see Great Filter.

Re­lated Se­quences: So You Want To Colonize The Universe

[Question] Space coloniza­tion: what can we definitely do and how do we know that?

6 May 2019 23:05 UTC
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To re­duce as­tro­nom­i­cal waste: take your time, then go very fast

13 Jul 2013 16:41 UTC
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[LINK] Wait­butwhy ar­ti­cle on the his­tory and fu­ture of space ex­plo­ra­tion, SpaceX and more

8 Sep 2015 11:14 UTC
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A Quick Tax­on­omy of Ar­gu­ments for The­o­ret­i­cal Eng­ineer­ing Capabilities

21 May 2019 22:38 UTC
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Astron­omy, space ex­plo­ra­tion and the Great Filter

19 Apr 2015 19:26 UTC
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Link: White House wants your ad­vice on space exploration

18 Oct 2014 14:32 UTC
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Poli­ti­ci­ans stymie hu­man coloniza­tion of space to save make-work jobs

18 Jul 2010 12:57 UTC
11 points
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Stan­ford talk: easy step to uni­ver­sal colonisation

22 Mar 2013 4:35 UTC
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So­lar sys­tem colon­i­sa­tion might not be driven by economics

21 Apr 2020 17:10 UTC
26 points
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Coloniza­tion mod­els: a pro­gram­ming tu­to­rial (Part 1/​2)

16 May 2011 23:33 UTC
27 points
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Coloniza­tion mod­els: a tu­to­rial on com­pu­ta­tional Bayesian in­fer­ence (part 2/​2)

17 May 2011 3:54 UTC
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[Question] Why is it valuable to know whether space coloniza­tion is fea­si­ble?

7 May 2019 19:58 UTC
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Pur­pose­ful­ness on Mars

8 Aug 2010 9:23 UTC
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[Question] Is a near-term, self-sus­tain­ing Mars colony im­pos­si­ble?

3 Jun 2020 22:43 UTC
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Musk, Mars and x-risk

23 Nov 2012 20:32 UTC
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[Question] Is it definitely the case that we can colonize Mars if we re­ally wanted to? Is it rea­son­able to be­lieve that this is tech­ni­cally fea­si­ble for a rea­son­ably ad­vanced civ­i­liza­tion?

7 May 2019 20:08 UTC
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[Link] Space Sta­sis: What the strange per­sis­tence of rock­ets can teach us about innovation

3 Feb 2011 18:36 UTC
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Neil Arm­strong died be­fore we could defeat death

25 Aug 2012 19:49 UTC
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[Fic­tion] IO.SYS

10 Mar 2019 21:23 UTC
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Quan­tify­ing an­thropic effects on the Fermi paradox

15 Feb 2019 10:51 UTC
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Luna First, But Not To Live There

8 Sep 2020 3:14 UTC
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[Question] If Star­ship works, how much would it cost to cre­ate a sys­tem of rotable space mir­rors that re­duces tem­per­a­tures on earth by 1° C?

14 Sep 2020 18:46 UTC
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