What will be the best New Moon survival tips for residents of Earth and Mars in December 2021? The upcoming New Moon will be a busy time in our solar system. It could bring many close fly-bys of asteroid and comet material, and it could also see the first rendezvous and landing of an unmanned probe on an asteroid or comet. Those could be good opportunities for getting a close shave with some space debris. Also, if an asteroid or comet is headed for a close pass by our planet, that could provide an excellent laboratory for NASA scientists to study.
If an asteroid or comet is headed for a close pass by our planet, that may create a spectacular event as seen from Earth. However, it will also cause many billions of dollars of damages, and many billions of casualties. That’s why we need to plan ahead. If we have any way to steer or block such an event, we may well survive.
For instance, if an asteroid or comet is headed for a close passage of our planet, then it will cause its own shock waves along with debris from that passing object to enter our system as well. When this happens, we will be in for some spectacular cosmic radiation (that’s what makes celestial objects glow bright) as it whizzes by our planet. Some of that radiation may escape our atmosphere and enter the lower atmosphere. That’s when “space weather” may occur. This can temporarily darken the sky, make it feel humid, and lower the temperature of the planet.
When this happens, we’ll have some challenges to deal with. For one thing, we may not see the effects of the cosmic radiation on our ground monitoring stations. And we may not be able to predict how low the temperature will get. For another thing, we may be unable to send supplies to the moon due to lack of available fuel. We will also have less than adequate resources for any human exploration attempts.
If we do get an impact, though, there’s a good chance that it will be large. It could cause billions of dollars worth of damages to infrastructure, buildings, and private property. Damage like this could force mankind to rethink their strategies for building space colonies, mine these resources for fuel, and colonize other worlds.
To prepare for such an eventuality, humankind needs to study the composition of space materials. Studying the moon will help us better understand how to protect ourselves from such disasters. Studying the composition of comets will also prove very helpful. That’s because comets are known to gather much debris from their surrounding environment. Comet collisions could also lead to a debris flow that could impact the moon.
There are also many considerations we have to make for our astronauts. For one, they will need food. NASA has been looking into the manufacture of fake lunar dust that will allow astronauts to subsist for long periods without eating. They will also need water. NASA is working on new ways to purify water to ensure it won’t become contaminated and won’t end up in the hands of terrorists or criminals.
While the New Moon may not be too threatening to our new space settlements, it is still a long way away. And with billions of dollars worth of research and development, NASA should be able to send astronauts to the lunar surface by 2034 at the latest. However, if things do go awry during the lunar missions, there will be no turning back. So be prepared for a lunar catastrophe, learn all you can about it, and prepare yourself. These New Moon survival tips will help you do just that.