My kid’s spacy English writing assignment makes me so proud! He’s nine, he’s only been once for a few days to an Anglophone country, and we rarely speak English at home. Yet he seems to have picked the language up from on-line gaming, and he’s long been able to read e.g. the Harry Potter books in English. With his permission, here are his ideas about space colonies.
I think that in the future those who want to will be able to move onto another planet, or into a space station. People will breathe using space suits, and at home they will have air inside their houses. They will get food by either importing it from Earth or sending up a space plantation near the planet (or space station) that people live on/in. Another solution for breathing is to place a big glass cupola – I’ve heard that some researchers have found a way to make glass very strong – over the part of the planet where people live, and put air and plants (because they can produce oxygen) in there so people can breathe anyway. You could maybe find a way to make the cupola keep what’s inside temperate.
To make it cheaper to live in space you will have to be a vegetarian, because it will be very expensive to import food from Earth. If you’re a vegetarian you can eat food from the space plantations, which will cost as much as the food does here. When you buy food from a space plantation they come with the food to the supermarket. Imported foods will cost more than the food that comes from the space plantations. You have to import animals like birds, insects and other animals that help the environment. Before you can live in space you will have to find a (cheap) solution to how to get water. Maybe you can find a planet with drinkable water on it.
There are still some problems to solve, and that is why you can’t live in space today. I would like to live in space, maybe not for my whole life, but for a couple of years.