Free Space Settlement

bring space to life and life to space

"For me the single overarching goal of human space flight is the human settlement of the solar system, and eventually beyond. I can think of no lesser purpose sufficient to justify the difficulty of the enterprise, and no greater purpose is possible." Mike Griffin, former NASA Administrator, in 2004 testimony before Congress

Index:

  • My space settlement writing, asteroid mining writing, space solar power (SSP) writing
  • My space blog
  • Space settlement themed music I've written and recorded
  • Online books, Images and video, Quotes, Links, College, Miscellaneous
  • Kennedy's speech sending Americans to the Moon
  • What you can do right now to move free space settlement forward
  • My work as a contractor at NASA Ames Research Center
  • My space blog
  • My home page

    Hundreds of millions of years ago there was life in the ocean, but no life on land. Today, there is life on Earth and very little life in space, just a few astronauts, plants and animals on the International Space Station and a few bacteria here and there on spacecraft. We can change that. In the 1970's Princeton physicist Gerard O'Neill showed that we can build giant spaceships in free space and live in them. These space settlements could be wonderful places to live; about the size of a California beach town and endowed with weightless recreation, fantastic views, freedom, elbow-room in spades, and great wealth. In time, we may see hundreds of thousands of free space habitats in our solar system alone. Unlike earlier colonization events, no people will be oppressed and no ecosystems destroyed for the simple reason that there aren't any out there. Space settlement is as important as ocean-based Life's colonization of land half a billion years ago, perhaps more so.

    You can now buy space settlement t-shirts, coffee mugs, mouse pads and much more at my online space settlement store.

    Here are some videos of Moonandback Media interviewing me about space settlement in April 2013:

    Some of My Space Settlement Writing

    Some of My Asteroid Mining Writing, Plus

    Some of My Space Solar Power (SSP) Related Writing

    Online Space Settlement Books

    Images and Video

    Space Settlement Quotes

  • "Provide ship or sails adapted to the heavenly breezes, and there will be some who will not fear even that void," Johannes Kepler.
  • "For me the single overarching goal of human space flight is the human settlement of the solar system, and eventually beyond. I can think of no lesser purpose sufficient to justify the difficulty of the enterprise, and no greater purpose is possible," Mike Griffin, current NASA Administrator, in 2004 testimony before Congress.
  • "In the long run, a single-planet species will not survive," Mike Griffin, NASA Administrator, Rolling Stone Magazine, 23 February 2006.
  • "One day, I don't know when, but one day, there will be more humans living off the Earth than on it," Mike Griffin, NASA Administrator, Rolling Stone Magazine, 23 February 2006.
  • "I know that humans will colonize the solar system and one day go beyond," Mike Griffin, NASA Administrator, to the Washington Post.

    Other Space Settlement Web Sites

    College Bound?

    People who want to work on space colonies sometimes ask me what they should study. The answer is to study what you are interested in, but be sure to include as much math, physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, engineering, space science, and other technical fields as possible. Also, look at
    Space Vehicle Design by Michael Griffin and James French if you can afford it. Finally, you might want to consider attending one of these colleges. If you are interested in working as a student with NASA scientists and engineers, consider the NASA Academy.

    Miscellaneous

    Parting Words

    Arthur C. Clarke once wrote that new ideas pass through three periods:

    Princeton professon Dr. Gerard O'Neill got us past the first period in the 1970s by showing that space colonies are technically feasible. We're now in the second stage.



    Space Settlement homepage Contact: Al Globus