Since I noticed a alarming amount of derp flooding the forums as of late I figured I post something to get people to productively think for a bit. I wish to initiate a discussion, and possibly a debate related to the topic of colonization of other planets. Granted we have individuals such as Elon Musk trying to throw money at the problem. (Which I think is a very unwise choice.) But I am more interested in the science and "how to" of the topic. Some talking points: How to actually reach a location either within, or outside our planetary system. Technology required for such a feat and its implementation. The beginning of a colony and its construction. (How would it be built such as prefab or local material.) The relocation of population to facilitate such a feat, and their continued survival planet side. Possible unforeseen requirements to colonist survival and safety. Thoughts and theory of vehicles for such a project. Population traits and skills required to facilitate the function of a colony. Anything else that comes to mind . I would appreciate if people who posted to this subject would take a moment to consider the topic at hand before randomly posting a 2-3 sentence reply, mostly because those responses won't really add anything to a topical discussion other than reflexive feelings. Also for once there is actually some gain here as well, as NASA is always listening to input from those of us outside of the agency to prime their own missions and science. Who knows if we figure something out that would actually be a fairly big deal that could actually help humanity. (Not that it really matters, but its something I suppose.) From my perspective to accomplish such a task would require generations of prep work not just with the manufacturing of the required materials but for the population as well. I submit that any population that intends to be launched into space would have to receive a great deal of training. I'm not just talking about the individuals who would fly such a mission but for those who aspire to live on another planet. Maybe the Trans-human route is the optimal option, or maybe double downing on a different philosophy will yield better concepts to increase the chances of success. From what I can tell us at NMA are a crafty and adaptable bunch, most of us are hardy and enjoy thinking outside of the box when it comes to survival. I'm sure you all won't let me down if you apply yourselves. Ladies and Gentlemen, expand your minds and increase the space of knowledge you call power.