Disabled People and Living On The Moon
Phillip Duke Ph.D.
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This story is about disabled people living on the Moon, and since this has not happened yet, it is Science Fiction. However space exploration is proceeding so rapidly I expect the described events will happen before long, and then this book will be Science Fact. Traveling to the Moon and back has already been accomplished, people have walked on its surface, left a boot print in Moon dust, driven a Moon Buggy on its surface, and returned safely. The new Space Warp propulsion system presently under development is expected to make travel to the Moon and back much easier than it is now, once it replaces the presently employed rocket motors (1). Again, we have already repeatedly landed and walked on the Moon, we have driven a Moon Buggy on its surface, and returned safely to Earth. With the use of modern technology people can live on the Moon, and disabled persons living there will benefit from the Moon’s much weaker gravity..
Photograph of the Apollo 11 Moon Mission Launch.
Photograph Of Astronaut Neil Armstrong’s Boot Print In Moon Dust.
Photograph Of The Apollo 14 Moon Buggy Driving On The Moon.
The Moon is relatively close to Earth, and its nearness to Earth and low one sixth Earth gravity make it very attractive to travel to and return, and for disabled persons to live on. A person weighing 180 pounds on Earth would weigh only 30 pounds on the Moon. Then mobility challenged persons would be able to move about much more easily under the low gravity, arthritic weight-bearing joints would repair themselves, and the ability to move about easily and pain free would very much improve the quality of life.. Persons with heart or lung problems will find the Moon’s low gravity very helpful, the lower gravity will male it much easier to breath and move about. Some persons who could not survive on Earth will live a relatively normal life on the Moon.
In addition to the Moon, our planetary neighbor Mars could be lived on, but there are important advantages living on the Moon and not on Mars. The Moon is the most attractive site for an off-Earth colony because its weak one-sixth Earth gravity, and its relative nearness to Earth, offer the great advantage of making transport between Earth and Moon relatively easy. This great advantage of its nearness and lower gravity, in comparison with the much greater distance and higher gravity of Mars, which is 0.38 or 38 percent that on Earth, make the Moon colony concept considerably more attractive than a colony on Mars. The Moon has no atmosphere and Mars does have a little, but the Mars atmosphere cannot support human life, because it is much too thin and without oxygen.
In addition the generation of electricity by solar cell arrays on its surface is less attractive for Mars than on the Moon, for the following reasons. Mars rotates while the Moon does not, so half the time there would be no sunlight generated electricity on Mars. The sunlight reaching Mars is weaker due to Mars’ greater distance from the Sun, and Mars has windstorms, which reduce sunlight.
For all these reasons there is no doubt that an off-world colony on the Moon is much more practical than a colony on Mars..
Wealthy handicapped persons soon saw the advantages of living on the Moon, especially for disabled persons, and they financed the Moon Colony. The Moon does not rotate on its axis, but keeps one side toward the Sun and the other away from it. There is no atmosphere or liquid surface water we know of, although there could be ice on its dark side. The sunlit side is too hot, and the dark side is too cold, for life as we know it, Therefore the Moon Colony is located underground on the sunlit hot side, deep enough so the temperature is always comfortable. The constant sunlight also facilitates conversion of sunlight to direct electrical energy by Solar Cell collectors. Presently available silicon based Solar Cells located on the surface provide direct current electricity 24/7.
At first the colonists will depend on the ship for life support, the ship’s atomic reactor provides the heat and electrical energy necessary for life. The colonists soon burrow beneath the Moon’s surface and construct comfortable underground living quarters. Over time the colony becomes increasingly successful, and with the discovery of gold on the Moon, Moon Gold was mined and traded for off-world necessities. From it’s beginning the Moon Colony emphasized self-reliance. By emphasis on recycling the Moon Colony became increasingly self-reliant, The extraction of Moon Gold provides employment and hard currency, but even so the overall standard of living is generally below that of the middle class on Earth. However the advantages for disabled persons of living on the Moon resulted in the population becoming being almost entirely disabled. A person was selected to live on the Moon based on his or her handicap need, ability to provide useful services, and ability to pay. Severely handicapped persons were accepted without payment, while the wealthy paid a lot.
Electricity from the atomic reactor and also generated by solar cell arrays on the surface, powered the sunlamps under which the soybean plants grow. The soybean plants employ photosynthesis just as on Earth. They use light energy to grow and in the process supply oxygen gas for breathing and remove the exhaled carbon dioxide, while the soybeans are used for food. The soybean essential amino acid composition is close to that of meat (2). There are no food animals on the Moon, and the Moon Colonists are vegetarians, Supplies of all kinds were available from Earth but they were expensive, and the Moon Colony recycles everything. nothing goes to waste. The Colonists work long and hard, and despite their disabilities they make the Colony successful. Let us look into the life of a typical young colonist named Ann5, and through her eyes find out just what disabled living on the Moon is like for her.
Ann5’s Lunar Education
Ann5 looked at the Education (Ed) screen. She was one of the brightest children on Moon Base, the only child of two scientists, and when she grew up, would be a scientist herself. As such, she was receiving the best available education. For her elective course, she had chosen an unusual subject. The subject was not popular, but for some reason it interested her. Its title was “Earth Animals” and just now, as she studied the creature pictured on the screen, she was very puzzled. Never in her wildest dreams, had she ever come close to imagining anything like this.
The creature was yellow, very small, and it had no mouth or arms. There were two eyes, and two very strange looking little legs of sorts, with three toes. The caption above it said “Class Aves Canary.” Reading further, she saw it was a ”pet.” But what was a “pet?” In addition, and even more amazing, she read that it sang! About where its mouth would be was an odd structure called a “beak.” How could it sing, or eat, without a mouth? Even stranger, she read that it could fly! How could it fly without any propulsion system? She hadn’t the slightest idea about any of it.
The next picture was also very strange. It showed a larger, more boxy type creature. Apparently it came in different colors, and, there were males and females with pictured of both! Ann5 had never associated sex with anything other than people, and the idea that this animal also came in both sexes, like people, was simply amazing. And, it “laid eggs!” Even more astounding, the “eggs” were used as food! And even more astonishing than that, the creature itself was used as food! It was called a “Chicken.”
Ann5 was extremely puzzled and confused. The diet on Moon Base was by necessity strictly vegetarian, and there were no animals of any kind- she had never even seen an animal, air was too precious for anything but humans to breathe it. The very idea that an animal being could be used as food was entirely foreign to her. She simply could not grasp it. Yes, she would have to find out more about “canaries” and “pets” and the “chicken with its “eggs.” The entire lesson was about beings called “birds.” Supposedly, they all had some things in common, but regarding what they were, she had not a clue. Did the “Chicken” sing? Was it also a “pet?” Were the Canary and its eggs also used for food?
After she managed to get some answers to these questions, it would all begin to make at least a little sense. She sincerely hoped so. At the end of this lesson, there was a test, just like there was a test to make sure you could do everything, even the simplest task on Moon Colony correctly. And if she failed, there would be punishment. There was always punishment for failure. It helped assure correct performance.
She was getting a headache from the strain of being confused by so much strangeness, but decided to go just a little further before ending today’s lesson. She click turned the page, and what she saw next was so strange, that she couldn’t believe her eyes. The Ed showed a creature doing what it called “flying”! It moved what were called “wings” back and forth, and it flew through the air! The only thing Ann5 had ever seen fly were the freighters and passenger ships from Earth. They moved by powerful reaction engines in the airless void of space. Just the idea that a living being could fly through the air, and under its own power, was terribly strange. Could all these creatures fly, or only some? She had no idea, and the stress was giving her a headache. Ann5 decided to stop for the day, and ended the lesson. If it were not that the penalties against it were so terrible, she might think someone was playing a joke on her. Turning off the Ed, she left. From experience, she knew that once the lesson stress was relieved, the headache would also leave.
Ten minutes later, she was talking with some friends about their Eds, and her headache was almost gone. She knew better than to say anything about her recent bizarre lesson. They might possibly think her deranged, and the penalty for that was so severe, she did not want to even think about it. When she signed up for “Earth Animals”, she had no idea how weird they were, and how difficult to understand they would be. When opportunity allowed, she would ask her parents, and possibly her advisor, about the strange Ed lesson. Perhaps they would be able to explain it a little. She sincerely hoped so.
A Bird Named Bob
Moon Colony’s low one sixth Earth gravity is ideal for people with badly damaged hearts. The effort required to pump blood under the Moon Base’s low gravity is so much less, that persons with damaged hearts who would soon die on Earth, can lead a fairly active life on Moon Base. And bariatric patients, the grossly obese fat people who weigh more than 500 pounds on Earth, can move around under their own power, and breathe without a ventilator, on Moon Base. A 600-pound bariatric patient on Earth weighs only 100 pounds on the Moon.
These people did not all necessarily take part in the work necessary to keep Moon Colony working, but they were helpful in another way; they provided badly needed currency. It was expensive living a life of idleness on Moon Base Colony. Gov charged plenty for the privilege, and only the wealthy could afford it. The Sicks could order anything they wanted from Earth, but Moon Base Colony added a 40% surcharge to the already large expense of transportation, from Earth to Moon.
The Sicks all lived in an entirely separate section of Moon Base Colony; Ann5 had never been there. Her Mother had made all the necessary arrangements, and before long Ann5 and Mary4 were at the Vicky’s door. Ann’s Mother told her the Sick had two names and no number, the outmoded Earth system. This one’s name was Elizabeth Johnson. On the way over Ann asked how this sickie had made enough money to afford living here.
“She was an author. She used to write books on Canaries. The birds and her books are very popular on Earth. When she decided on coming here, she refused to leave the bird behind. It is rumored that it costs more to keep the bird, than another person. Before long, you will soon have a rare opportunity; you will see a living animal, a bird. Mind your manners.” And Mary 4 touched the door sensor and a voice came from the speaker.
“What is it?”
“It’s Mary 4 with her daughter, Anne5; we have an appointment to see you. And your bird, for Ann5’s education.” After a little pause the voice said, “Oh well, come in.” And the door opened.
Mary4 stepped in with Ann5 behind her, and the door closed smoothly behind them. Ann5 was surprised by the opulence of the room. For one thing, the walls were painted a pretty pink color; her room at home was all gray, like the rest on Moon Base. There was something soft on the floor, a kind of fabric that she learned later was called a rug; and there were all kinds of objects lying about, of unknown nature. Ann5’s Mother spoke first.
“Thank you very much for the privilege of this visit. I am scientist Mary4, and this is my daughter Ann5. She is in training to be a scientist, and is taking a course of instruction on Earth animals. Her recent Lesson is on birds, and she is very interested in seeing it. But first, how would you like to be addressed?”
Then what Ann5 had thought was the top of a big bundle of cloths moved, and she saw it was the head of an immensely fat woman. “You can call me Liz,” the head said. Liz had long blonde hair, which Anne learned later was a wig, and was obese. Not as bad as a bariatric patient, but still quite overweight. She had come to Moon Base because of a bad heart, and put the weight on afterwards.
“Liz,” said Mary4, never one to waste time, “does your bird have a name?”
“Yes he does” said Liz. “His name is Bob.”
This information surprised both Mary4 and Ann5. They had not thought of this animal creature having a human’s name, and sex. However, Mary5 was not a senior scientist for nothing. She realized very quickly that in order to get anywhere, she would have to go along with Liz’s fantasy. Bob indeed! To pretend that an animal was anything at all like a human. Absurd!”
“Tell me Liz,” said Mary4,”where is Bob now? I trust he is still alive?”
“Yes he’s still alive, said Liz. His poop is proof of that. But he doesn’t love me like he used to. He used to land on my head, and dance around there. He used to stand on my finger, and give me kiss after hiss on the mouth. Now he just sits there and looks sad. Like me.” And she wiped a tiny tear off an immense cheek.
These statements by Liz went over Ann4’s head. She could not conceive anything the woman said. Just the idea a of a human male kissing her was quite foreign; she had not yet received any sex education. She had never seen anyone kiss. Therefore, the idea of being kissed by a bird, was simply beyond her conception.
“Can we see Bob?” asked Mary5. “Where is he now?”
“He is where I keep him,” said Liz. “In his cage.” A cloth moved, a switch activated, and a pretty cover was automatically lifted off a gilded cage. And there was Bob! He had been dozing, and now looked around uncertainly. Seeing his mistress and everything else as usual, he hopped over to the food and water tray, and dipping his beak into some ultra pure water, took a drink.
Anne5 was fascinated. She noted how the creature moved, with little hops, in between grasping the bar with its three toed feet. She saw it move its little head around, and then drink. Amazing!
Its thirst satisfied, the bird looked about. Its brain’s optic lobe was relatively larger than for land animals, and it had excellent vision. Seeing Ann5 at once, it looked at her curiously. Ann5 saw that the bird was looking at her, and it sent a strange shiver down her spine. To be observed, and perceived, with who knew what strange thoughts, by a non-human being! Ann5 found being looked at by the bird strangely disturbing. She looked away, but the bird kept looking at her. It was looking at the first different thing it had seen for years.
“Would you like to see it fly?” asked her Mother.” Without even thinking about it Ann5 replied, “Yes.” The creature fascinated her.
“The cloth pile stirred again, a switch was activated, and Bob’s cage door opened. Bob knew very well what that meant. He was now free to fly about. But why should he? There were no plants to land on, nothing especially good to eat, like insects. And no female birds to pursue. Ancient instinct warned that there was possible danger outside. Here in his cage he was safe.
However, there was a strange new creature here, something like what his mistress had once been. And at one time he had been very interested in her. Bob decided to make a fly by, and investigate. He abruptly leaped from the cage, and began flying about. In the beginning, when his mistress had just brought him to this strange place, he had difficulty flying. He beat his little but powerful wings too fast, and kept bumping into the ceiling and walls. But soon he got the hang of things, and was able to gracefully fly about, flapping his wings only one sixth as fast as on Earth. Here he glided six times farther, and landings were much easier.
While flying about he looked the strange new being over. As he did so, no cavernous mouth opened, no claw reached up towards him, and he decided it was safe to land. He hopped on to Ann5’s shoulder, and preened there.
This very surprised Ann5, but it did not startle or frighten her. Just as she had never seen a live animal before, and knew very little about them, the idea that this or any other animal might present a danger, was quite unknown.
Out of the corner of her eye, Ann5 could see the bird named Bob was adjusting its feathers. And on her shoulder! It was very light. Bob weighed next to nothing. She was afraid to move, lest the change in position startle Bob off.
“Take your forefinger and hold it up in front of Bob,” said her Mother. “He will jump onto it.” Ann5 did as her Mother directed, and Bob hopped onto her forefinger. He was not afraid of her! She was thrilled. Bringing her forefinger up, she held Bob directly in front of her. She turned her forefinger so she and Bob were opposed, and they looked directly at each other.
When Ann5 and Bob looked directly deep into each other’s eyes, something passed between them, something very ancient, and as old as time. Ann5 raised her forefinger close to get a better look, and Bob extended his body, and pressing his beak to her lips, they kissed.
Ann5 was more than startled; she pulled her head back, and Bob pulled back. Ann5’s Mother, usually quite calm in the face of any new event, was disturbed. She did not know what to make of it. However, it was certainly strange! They had seen enough of Bob the bird!
Mary4 thanked Liz for the meeting, and they left. On the way, she asked Ann5 what she made of the meeting, and what she thought of the canary bird. Ann5 said, “I don’t know. I simply don’t know.” And that satisfied her Mother, who also did not know.
However, Ann5 was not being entirely truthful with her Mother. Although there was much she did not fully understand about the encounter with Bob, she could not forget the feeling of its tiny beak on her lips. And wasn’t that the flick of his tiny tongue she had felt in her mouth? In addition, the creature was so beautiful! Why was the entire event so strangely satisfying, gratifying, and exciting? She had never experienced anything like it before; she had never dreamed anything like it existed. But it did, it did! Now she understood better why people kept animals as pets...
Photograph of Bob
This story is based on my larger ebook “Moon Base Colony,” that follows the Moon Base Colonists for 40 generations, as they adapt to the new conditions, and change mentally and physically. Here is the ebook’s cover, the “Look Inside” and “Kindle” are due to its being published by Amazon.com.
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The Space Warp Propulsion System
The Space Warp Propulsion System is very new, and only a few people know about it. Here are the facts. In 1994 theoretical physicist Miguel Alcubierre published mathematics based on the work of Nobel Prize winning theoretical physics genius Dr, Albert Einstein, showing that, space itself could be warped in such a way that it could be used as a method of transportation. This space warp propulsion method in theory offers important advantages over the presently employed rocket engines. With the space warp method Relativity Theory does not limit the distance traveled in a given time, and there are no acceleration forces. This possibility created considerable interest, but at the time no one knew how to create such a space warp.
In 2012 Professor David Pares announced his successful creation of such a space warp. By studying the thunderstorm conditions that resulted in the linear displacement if aircraft, he and his research team determined the conditions necessary to create those conditions in the work place, and when they did, an experimentally created space warp was produced. For more information visit paresspacewarpresearch.org and read my ebook “Interstellar Space Flight Is Not So Difficult: Expanded New Edition.” Its cover is displayed below.
The Cover Illustration is a photograph of the Andromeda Spiral Galaxy.
It is 2,5 million light years away and contains a trillion suns.
(1) The Space Warp Propulsion System is very new, and only a few people know about it. Here are the facts. In 1994 theoretical physicist Miguel Alcubierre published mathematics showing that, based on the work of Nobel Prize winning theoretical physics genius Dr, Albert Einstein, space itself could be warped on such a way that the space warp could be used as a method of transportation. This space warp propulsion method in theory offers important advantages over the presently employed rocket engines, which propel the spacecraft through space..
Einstein’s Relativity Theory limits the speed with which any object can travel through space. According to Relativity nothing can move through space as fast as the speed of light, which is 186,300 miles per second in a vacuum. At this speed all but the very nearest stars are so distant, that traveling to them is not practical due to the very large times required. Distances in outer space are measured in light years, With the space warp method Relativity Theory does not limit the distance traveled in a given time, because the spacecraft travels with the space wave, something like the way a surfer rides a wave.. Then there are no inertial affects, and no acceleration forces. The possibility of this space warp propulsion method created considerable interest, but at the time no one knew how to create such a space warp.
In 2012 Professor David Pares announced his successful creation of a space warp. By studying the thunderstorm conditions that resulted in the space warp caused linear displacements if aircraft, he discovered the conditions necessary to create a space warp in the work place, and did so. For more information visit paresspacewarpresearch.org and read my ebook “Interstellar Space Flight Is Not So Difficult: Expanded New Edition.” Its cover is displayed above this article, and the ebook is available free on request, see FREE Ebooks below.
This new space warp propulsion method could be the most important discovery since fire. It promises to open up this and other galaxies, first for exploration, and then exploitation with colonization. Our Milky Way galaxy contains 500 billion suns, and if only one percent contain an Earth type habitable world, then 5 billion worlds become available. However there will be new challenges, such as encountering other beings who may be less or more intelligent than we are, or new diseases. These issues will be handled as they occur, but we need to think about and plan for them now.
It appears that the universe is so constructed that a great premium is placed on intelligence and the ability to make tools and machines, and work together in large numbers. We are already the apex predator on thus world, and evidently before long we will be on many more.
(2). “Diet For A Small Planet” by Frances Lappe, available from Amazon.com in ebook and paperback. The environmental advantages if eating soybeans rather than meat. The essential amino acid compositions of soybeans and vegetable food combinations in comparison to meat. With soybean recipes.
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