If you had the chance to go and live on the moon for a year, and besides changes of clothing and the supplies necessary to sustain your life, what would you take along and why? — kodemunkey
I’m going to assume that this opportunity doesn’t seem to provide any indication that I would be required to perform any science or do any actual work; it’s simply an opportunity to live at some kind of outpost or living hub for an entire earth year.
Obviously this question has a lot of details left unsaid along with variables that would need to be described for me to provide a more calculated answer, BUT if we are pretending that this opportunity was brought to me right at this moment & is to be answered in purely a speculative sense, here are my requirements & reasoning:
- my Macbook, so that I could keep up with all of you people & accurately document my journey (Tumblr would get so much love)
- my iPhone, for the same reason above, but it would also allow me to keep in touch with the handful of fellow humans I care about along with providing me a camera & recording device. oh & if you think that I would be thousands of miles away from earth & relying on AT&T to keep me connected with the human race, you’re out of your mind. NASA would be hooking that up (although I’m assuming I would have all of the necessary technology to do all of these things anyway…I mean, if we are talking about the US space program carrying out this mission, it would be crucial that they achieve some sort of worthwhile results, feedback & photos/video; otherwise, there would be many unhappy people squabbling about things like needless spending & such)
- all of my books - which, by the time I would leave, I would have accumulated much more literature for the duration of a year’s stay on the moon (you can call it my “lunar library”)
- my Edmund Scientific Astroscan Telescope & my Meade 9x63 astronomy binoculars
- a year’s long supply of medicinal marijuana (in order to maintain my own sanity, accomplish tasks, stay focused on any & all research I potentially would be requested to perform, keep a balance on my own homeostasis & physiological stability, assist with restless nights, general fatigue, stress, metabolism, appetite & relaxation. if anyone needs any more reasoning beyond that, consult Carl Sagan)
last but not least, not by a very long shot -
- a loved one. although this question did say specifically if “I” had the chance to go & live on the moon, it didn’t say anything about “dying” on the moon; which is exactly what would happen if I were to be stationed on the isolated terrain of the lunar surface surrounded by ash, powder & dust, without another living, breathing, loving human being. (automatically I would say that I would want said ‘loved one’ to be my son, Landen, because well, it’s the MOON. what an adventure for a father & son. but…along with all of the added difficulties & technical complications there would be simply to attempt sending a 5 year old into orbit, he starts kindergarten in the fall & his education is more important to me. and although it would be extremely tough to go an entire year without physically being able to hold onto my son, I would feel pretty incredible knowing that he would be on earth being able to know & remark about how his father is on the moon. I don’t care if I wouldn’t be a hero in the eyes of the other 7 billion people on earth, but to my son, it would be quite an honor)
- specifically the loved one I would want with me would be Alice. now, my son is a part of me more directly than she, of course. but Landen wouldn’t be able to provide me with the exact degree of happiness & overall well-being, dependability, resourcefulness, intellectual stimulation/conversation, different point of view, assistance, intelligence, maturity, humor, comfort, survival skills/ability, life support & above all - compatibility, love, physical touch, encouragement, emotional stability & I must say - cosmic sexual gratification. (you know you were thinking it…I mean c’mon, sex in zero gravity? most certainly…for experimental purposes of science, of course)
Ok then, that is all. After all that scientific talk, I ended up with “lunar-loving”. Not too shabby.