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Generally I'm pro-colonisation of space, but does anyone else feel uncomfortable about changing the face of the moon? Initially, any human presence of the moon will be indistinguishable from Earth, but if we look forward 25-50 years from the first colonistation what sort of impact will we have on the on the aesthetics of the moon by mining the regolith?

Life has been looking up at that luminous surface for hundreds of millions of years. Is it important enough to preserve or should we prioritise human progress? Maybe we can find compromise by building major installations and mining operations on the far side of the moon.

We seem pretty happy to chop the tops off mountains here on earth

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