Humankind Survival and Space Settlement

Advances in genetics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and synthetic biology have resulted in increasing threats to humankind survival by supervirus or other super pathogen in the environment, such as by commercial laboratory accident, academic research, or biowarfare. Also at risk is Earth's biosphere, including a potential major extinction event.

It is up to our generation to save life from our unique planet in the Universe.

Leaders of every country, culture, and race should be included and join in, for multiracial and multicultural population of outer space independent of Earth.

In 2019, NASA started the Artemis Project to return to the Moon to stay, and has partnered with many nations to work together, for lunar south pole development.

(European Space Agency artwork)

(NASA artwork)

  • Mine, manufacture, and farm on the Moon.

  • Build habitats for all kinds of support staff.

  • At first, governments can provide incentives and leadership encouragement.

  • The private sector takes over, and creates a space economy.

  • Export products and services, and help to conserve Earth's environment.

  • Ensure the survival of humankind and much life from Earth. Start families.

China was excluded from Artemis by the USA, so a new "Space Race" has started. China has big plans for the Moon's south pole, too, and Russia joined China.

The "space race" should be vs. time, not between countries. It is nearly too late to save humankind, because laboratory technologies are already good enough to create superviruses and other super pathogens, and A.I. is advancing that capability exponentially. Laboratories compete and race, too.

This is the most important challenge for our generation, which is the special generation responsible for humankind survival in all geologic time. To deny or ignore this would be irresponsible.

The purpose of this short, easy to read website is to introduce key people to this challenge. The author, Mark Prado, is an American scientist who has researched and promoted space mining and settlement over more than 40 years. He also worked in advanced planning in the US space program for the Pentagon, has traveled and lived overseas for decades, and promotes peaceful space development and settlement by people of a diversity of races, cultures, and nationalities. He can help as an adviser and consultant for many purposes.

Sections of this website:

  1. Home Page

  2. How Serious And Urgent Is The Threat to Humankind Survival?

  3. Synthetic Biology -- Past Timeline, Current Status, and Future Outlook

  4. Comparing Extinction Threats

  5. The Only Secure Solution: Space Settlement

  6. What About A.I. In The Long Term, If We Survive?

  7. Just Letting Humankind Go Extinct?

  8. History of Awareness and Articles

Please note that you can rate this page at the bottom. Any feedback is appreciated. This is a lot of work and a huge challenge, so encouragement is appreciated.

This website is intended to be a brief summary. Much further details can be found in two other websites written and curated by the author of this publication: -- details on the best solution for survival of humankind, for a wide range of people, from newcomers needing an introduction to engineers looking for the state of the art. It includes a professional publications database, and tries to track who is doing what, for collaboration, coordination, and working efficiently to reach our goals. -- further details, where G.A.I.N. is an acronym for Genetics, Artificial Intelligence, and Nanotechnology, which are extinction threats we must try to prevent for the survival of humankind.

This website is or (both domains go to this same website). Please be careful to use humanKIND and not humanITY because somebody else has the domain for humanity (and last I saw, it was for sale and just had a page advertising links...), and humanity has more than one meaning anyway, so humanKIND is much better for this purpose.

"Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind." -- President John F. Kennedy

When Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong was the first man to step onto the Moon, he said:
"That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind."
We need to complete that leap for mankind/humankind. We must go back to stay, self-sufficiently, and urgently.

Man's first step on the Moon: (NASA photo)

The author of the text of this website is Mark Evan Prado. Copyright © 2023 by Mark Evan Prado, All Rights Reserved. If you want a printable, PDF copy of this presentation, such as for printed distribution rather than an electronic link to this website, please send me a request. I have kept it within 22 pages of size A4 or 8.5x11 inches, in reasonably large print. I'm not doing this for money nor ego, I'm doing this to try to save humankind from extinction. It is our responsibility within this generation. Please contact me for any collaboration or uses.

If you have any requests or comments, you can also connect with me, Mark, at +66-811357977 (+66-8-1135-7977) and I am on WhatsApp and Line, plus other apps. I am in Thailand but you can send messages any day at any time.

In the purpose and meaning of life, we are parts of something astronomically greater than just ourselves individually. (The author sees individuality as just temporary, and has a panentheistic outlook on the Universe. That's somewhat typical for some of us physicists.) The author is easygoing and is trying to selflessly help create a sustainable collaboration of individuals, companies, governments, academic institutions, and other organizations for the survival of humankind.

As President John F. Kennedy ended his inaugural speech in 1961, I'll end this the same way:

"And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country.

"My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

"Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on Earth God's work must truly be our own." [End of speech. Bold and italicized emphasis added.]

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