Research: Moon Colony

Fall 2022 (Research):

Colonizing the Moon

Every few months (seasonally) the 21st Century Debate Institution releases a series of debate topics for students to debate at our online (and eventually in-person) events. For the Winter Holidays Event (December 17th), the topic asks us to consider the desirability of humanity sending people to colonize the moon. The documents and information contained here are designed to help students prepare for the upcoming event. 

The formal topic language is as follows:
Colonizing the moon is desirable (or undesirable).

For more information about the upcoming contests, and how you might participate, please use the “events calendar (see above)”.

[Skills Research Topic] December 2022: Colonizing the Moon

The debate topics for the 2022-2023 Winter Holiday Event will be the same for all grades:
Colonizing the Moon is Desirable.


Topic: Making a colony on the moon is desirable (or undesirable).While humans have long thought of gods living in the sky, the idea of space travel or humans living in space dates to at least 1610 after the invention of the telescope when German astronomer Johannes Kepler wrote to Italian astronomer Galileo: “Let us create vessels and sails adjusted to the heavenly ether, and there will be plenty of people unafraid of the empty wastes. In the meantime, we shall prepare, for the brave sky-travelers, maps of the celestial bodies.” In popular culture… Space fantasies flourished after Jules Verne’s “From Earth to the Moon” was published in 1865, and again when RKO Pictures released a film adaptation, A Trip to the Moon, in 1902. Dreams of space settlement hit a zenith in the 1950s with Walt Disney productions such as “Man and the Moon,” and science fiction novels including Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles (1950).

  • [PRO] Space colonization is the next logical step in space exploration and human growth.
  • [PRO] Technological advancement into space can exist alongside conservation efforts on Earth.
  • [PRO] Humans have a right and a moral duty to save our species from suffering and extinction. Colonizing space is one method of doing so.
  • [CON] Humans living in space is pure science fiction.
  • [CON] Space is inhospitable to humans and life in space, if even possible, would be miserable.
  • [CON] Humans have made a mess of Earth. We should clean it up instead of destroying a moon or another planet.

– Pro and Con: Space Colonization (Encyclopedia Britannica, Last Accessed: August 2022)


NASA’s Artemis I Could Change The Future Of Moon Travel,
NBC News, August 17, 2022 [2 min]

NASA’s Artemis Rocket Rolled Out To Launch Pad Ahead Of Moon Shot,
Today, August 17, 2022 [3 min]

Can humans live on the Moon?,
The Royal Society, July 3, 2019 [5 min]

How We Could Build a Moon Base TODAY,
Kurzgesagt, September 16, 2018 [10 min]



Colonizing the Moon?,
NASA Website, July 2014

How Do We Colonize the Moon?,
Universe Today, August 24, 2019

Pro and Con: Space Colonization,
Encyclopedia Britannica, Last Accessed: August 2022

Optional Research (Articles & Videos)

Space Colonization: Top 3 Pros and Cons,, Last Updated: May 2, 2022

Unlimited Resources From Space – Asteroid Mining,
Kurzgesagt, August 16, 2020 [8 min]

[VIDEO] Building a Mars base is a Horrible Idea: Let’s do it!,
Kurzgesagt, February 3, 2019 [9+ min]
Note: This topic is similar, yet not 100% the same.

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