Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Space exploration started decades ago; and with the advancement of technology human capability to explore space is improving as well. Companies like SpaceX has announced plans to send space tourists to the moon, and are working on creating re-usable rockets to decrease the cost of space travel. With the discovery of planets that can sustain human life how far away are we from conquering new worlds? Is this something that will happen in my or your life time? Those questions should be considered by all. Take for instance, Christopher Columbus, who as a young man spent years trying to persuade monarchs to fund his exploration of a new quicker route to India. He would eventually find what was then a new world. Is the aspiration to discover and explore new worlds or space any different from the aspiration expressed by Columbus?  NASA has recently discovered seven planets three of which could possible sustain life. The catch however, is that these planets are more than thousands of years away; based on the current space travel technology available. One solution to solve this issue is to start colonizing strategic locations in space, to serve as a bridge to our new worlds. There are many different opinions on how this would be accomplished, in addition to the opinions of whether it is right. People believe it is necessary to conquer new worlds for the survival of our species. Many of who will claim Earth will not always be able to sustain human life. Regardless if you believe Earth is “dying” or not the idea of exploring new planets and discovering new homes for human life is exciting.  However, I will leave it to you to decide is the idea of discovering a new Earths outlandish; or will humans become a multi-planetary species?

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