Do we really need Space Colonization?
Before talking about us — the Homo Sapiens, let’s travel a little bit back in time: just about 100 million years.
At this time and age, dinosaurs roamed around the blue planet. They were thriving but at one point — reasons not verified — they just went, poof!
Why? Because they didn’t have an “insurance plan,” as Dr. Michio Kaku, a professor of theoretical physics at the city university of New York, says. Michio Kaku is a world-renowned Physicist for his work on string theory and also for writing a few best-sellers. One of his books — The Future of Humanity — comes to mind. In this book, Kaku talks about the future of the human species. Although we don’t expect it now, sometime in the future the world might come on the edge of collapse. And this is when we’ll need to migrate to other planets — if need be.
It is now a scientific fact that the earth is not going to stay here forever. Somewhere down the line, it might become a place where humans can’t survive (interstellar vibes?). This is when other celestial bodies like Mars and Moon could be a destination for us. And for this, scientists around the world are constantly finding what is going on up in the skies.
But is it actually possible?
If you went 100 years back in time and said that some years later men will go on the moon, people would have laughed at you. But then it happened. The same goes here. Going to the moon has become a piece of cake for big space agencies now. So, there’s no reason why it won’t happen. Elon Musk and other billionaires have already started planning for a tourist space flight — via his company SpaceX.
Is saving ourselves from an Apocalypse the only reason we need to colonize other planets?
Well, if you see it like that, no.
Apart from saving ourselves from an inevitable collapse, space colonization will help in many ways which seem almost next to impossible now. Some reasons are:
1. Mining: As much as we hate it, the amount of metal on earth isn’t in quantities enough to last a very long time. Mercury is a planet rich in metals. Even our moon is full of argon, helium, and compounds of hydrogen.
2. ENERGY: I can’t stress this enough, but space colonization is perhaps the biggest advantage of forming space colonies. On earth, the atmosphere and night cause the efficiency of extracting energy from the sun to be extremely low. In outer space, however, continuous sunlight will help us extract energy from the sun at 100% efficiency — sounds cool, doesn’t it?
Stephen Hawking had predicted that humanity will cease to exist within a thousand years *insert shocked face* and further added that our only chance of survival is expanding our civilization to outer space.
With Billionaires like Elon Musk showing public support for colonization, it could, at some point be a reality.
What do you think?