SpineOut : October November 2015
Do you think we will colonise the moon? We might, but I think it much more likely we’ll colonise asteroids instead. They offer a lot of the same material resources as the Moon but with far lower gravity meaning travel to and from becomes far cheaper in terms of transport. The difficulty with that idea of course is bringing an asteroid to Earth for our convenience (wild as it may sound NASA is planning on doing just that in 2020s!) If you had the chance to go on an expedition to Mars, would you? Absolutely but only if they at least had a plan to get me back, I’d miss my loved ones too much to stay forever! The chance to walk on another world has been a dream of humanity for centuries. Yet, it’s only in my generation that this has become a possibility but for the younger generation it will be a reality. Unfortunately by the 2030s when we can conceivably reach Mars I’ll be too old, but it’s perfect timing for those in high school today. Maximise your chances by staying fit, taking physics / geology or (astro-) biology in university and learning to pilot even light aircraft. What is the most common question that people ask you and what’s the answer? Do you believe in aliens? To which I reply, ‘How could you not?’ We now know that every star in the night sky, has on average, one planet around it. That every fifth Sun-like star has a world the size of Earth, in all those tens of billions of potentially habitable worlds, how could ours be the only one that is inhabited? I’m much less confident about intelligent life being out there. Some days I’m not entirely convinced it’s even arisen here on Earth. The follow-up question is usually about whether I believe that UFOs have visited us. I give a totally different answer: NO!
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