Hello everyone, this is my first non-introductory post here and would like to purpose an idea and see any weaknesses in it.
It seems like all the news we see lately is about going to Mars and studying it more, and possibly staying there, but for me this is illogical.
What I see as the most logical path is creating a permanent Moon base, and starting a settlement there before we make any dedicated steps past probes and rovers to Mars.
I know there is people that will say what is the point of making this stop on the path. Here is my logic on this part.
First the logical.
The Moons gravity is about 1/6th of Earths if I remember correctly, launching off the Moon will be much easier and quicker. Getting materials on the moon won't be difficult once we have some manufacturing there to use the iron on the surface. Doing some more research I found there seems to be large amounts of titanium on the planet as well.
Energy initially will be a problem, but hopefully along with pursuing advances in space flight, we will be able to make advances needed to make Helium-3 fusion possible.
Other than advantages of materials and lower gravity, a base on the Moon gives us a test bed for Low Gravity Biological testing, which is not possible anywhere else.
If someone give me some good reasons on why am wrong or right that would be great.
If this is wrong section please change it.