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Earth Base 1 - Now With Ice Cream

Cosmos colonization naming convention
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Before embarking on an ambitious program it's sometimes helpful to give it a catchy name. There's none more ambitious than colonizing the planets and beyond and I propose that calling the various outposts "Earth Base 1, 2, 3" and so on could have benefits beyond just being a reference point.

It's "well, duh" simplicity belies the more in depth underlying implication that these new worlds are for all of humankind, not just one group. This would serve to draw those from Earth (or prior colonies) who are attracted to the concept of being a part of group of people who are devoted to the service of mankind eschewing the kind of barbarian squabbling that keeps the people of Earth in a pretty much constant state of warfare with it's associated squandering of life, resources and purpose.

Earth Base 1 would be on the north lunar pole where we have water and lunar days that are of a useable length.

Earth Base 2 would be on Mars, or "New Earth" as previously suggested.

I've done a search of "Earth Base 1" and found it's only been used by conspiracy theorists who say aliens have a series of bases here from which they run the Republican party or whatever. Therefore I think the name is pretty much available.

And if it's been suggested by others, as it probably has, I propose that this naming convention be the one that should be settled on and used.

When the base became obsolete in a few years you'd go to see it as a tourist attraction where you'd buy ice cream.

doctorremulac3, Dec 17 2013

UFO tv series http://digilander.l...lery-1-moonbase.htm
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       // aliens have a series of bases here from which they run the Republican party or whatever //   

       What utter rubbish. Everyone knows the Republican party is run by the provisional wing of the Salvation Army.   

       The aliens are actually running The Disney Corporation. Have you never wondered what's inside all those bulky suits and dummy heads you see everywhere at Disney franchises ?   

       And if anyone knows who - or more likely, what - is running the Reader's Digest, let us know.
8th of 7, Dec 17 2013

       In my experience with going to remote places and pretending I'm the only human who's ever been there, a quick peek at the map quickly dispels this fantasy as nearly everything on it already has a name. Giving new names to things that already have well-established names (planetary bodies, for instance) can only instill confusion and chaos, especially if the new names are kind of obvious and unoriginal.
Alterother, Dec 17 2013

       Sorry for the confusion, I'm not talking about changing the name of the Moon, I'm talking about calling the manned Moon base "Earth Base 1".   

       I probably should have left the little dig at progressives out. Not exactly in keeping with the spirit of peace and brotherhood that this post was supposed to be about. Oh well, as much as it shames me to say it, I am an Earthling after all.   

       Someday Mars colonists will holiday on Earth and watch us from the air conditioned comfort of their hover buses through bulletproof glass saying to their kids "Don't be too judgmental, we all used to live like barbarians hundreds of years ago."
doctorremulac3, Dec 17 2013

       Why not 'Moon Base 1' (or Lunar Base 1) and 'Mars Base 1'? That way it's fairly clear even to laypersons where the facility in question lies.
Alterother, Dec 17 2013

       Well, that's the idea. Calling it "Earth Base" gives it that homey feel. Sounds more inviting than "Moon Base 1" etc.   

       But hey, it's a matter of taste. I think Earth Base sounds nice.
doctorremulac3, Dec 17 2013

       I propose a committee of the people on local councils who decide street names for new housing developments be given this brief.
pocmloc, Dec 17 2013

       I disagree wholeheartedly. I just watched a fantasy documentary about a neutron star entering our solarsystem. The escape vessel, the place where it was made and the new planet needed names.   

       The Ark, Spaceship city and New Earth just didn't do it for me.   

       After all, we all have tremendous regrets about new york, new foundland, new south wales.   

       Mars is a perfectly good name for a planet. Most places on mars are already named.   

       Ditto for the moon.   

       And that's just fine.   

       Man made space stations must be given names from scifi, Ygdrasil is top of the list.
zeno, Dec 17 2013

       Ygdrasil is actually from your planet's Norse mythology.   

       How about "Ry'leh" ?
8th of 7, Dec 17 2013

       I'm from Earth Base 87, also known as Snarkonia <places right palm on left shoulder, salutishly> which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Morrester, Forrison, Splork, Bucksnort and Frong <whips hands into an air- guitar position><strums, hums ditty (recognizable to the ancients as a blatant rip-off of the "Intel Inside" adversound)>
lurch, Dec 17 2013

       Ygdrasil is also a bioship in the hyperion universe.
zeno, Dec 17 2013

       //naming convention//   

       Oh, boo. Naming conventions are great for programming but not much else. This idea boils down to serial numbers.   

       Having lived in cities with named streets and cities with numbered streets, I can say with authority that named streets are easier to remember and navigate. In theory numbered streets should be easier, but something about all the exceptions to the numbering rule or perhaps the lack of available mnemonics or what have you makes it more difficult.   

       Imagine if we numbered countries. Jeepers. No.
the porpoise, Dec 17 2013

       I'm not imagining cities on the Moon being named Earth Base 1, 2, 3 etc. Just the first manned base.   

       But ok, this idea's flatlined. Mark the time, call in the family.
doctorremulac3, Dec 18 2013

       //magine if we numbered countries   

       We already have, in international dialing.   

       Reminisces about Space 1999 and Moonbase Alpha, but they had better hairstyling on UFO...linky
not_morrison_rm, Dec 18 2013

       Ahh, that show featured my first love. The cute one with the purple hair.   

       Let me try to revive this idea. "Charge the paddles! Clear!"   

       These bases wouldn't be cities, rather the first manned buildings on the planet. They'd be located for instance in Mare Frigoris at the north lunar pole. So you'd address your email to "Dr Remulac3 the 3rd, Earth Base 1, Mare Frigoris. These earth bases would quickly become obsolete and become historic museum centerpieces, probably within a few years.   

       They'd be places you'd buy ice cream. Everybody likes ice cream. Nurse, got a pulse yet?
doctorremulac3, Dec 18 2013

       Actually, I don't like ice cream.   

       I believe my dentist put all three of his kids through public school simply on the amount of metal he managed to insert into my teeth over my formative years, so ice cream is a no-no.
not_morrison_rm, Dec 18 2013

       …beep… beep… beep… beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…   

       "That's a wrap. Call it." (throws a sheet over it, pulls off mask and gloves)
doctorremulac3, Dec 18 2013

       In terms of ownership, the convention is, at least consistent. At least until say someone does something fiendish like set us up the bomb. Main screen turn on. You have no chance to survive, make your time.
zen_tom, Dec 18 2013

       Not sure I understand the part after "In".
doctorremulac3, Dec 18 2013

       Easy, next line is: //All your ice cream are belong to us.//
Canuck, Dec 18 2013

       // Now With Ice Cream //   

       If I had boned this idea I would rescind said bone at this time.
Alterother, Dec 18 2013

       I think they should all be given catchy Ben and Jerry's name flavors in advance.
RayfordSteele, Dec 18 2013

       and prepare for a welter of Starbucks paper cups littering the lunar landscape..
not_morrison_rm, Dec 18 2013


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