Space Colonisation – In most of the Sci-Fi movies, we have seen humans colonizing different planets such as mars and becoming a multi-planetary species. Tech Billionaire Elon Musk has shown great interest in colonizing mars and has been spending huge capital in developing the technology to sustain there. This makes us question why we are so interested in colonizing other planets, even though such missions are going to put a lot of strain in the beginning, economically as well as in terms of the available technology. Let’s dive into the journey to understand why we are colonizing our solar system.
It all begins with humans basic curiosity to know and explore deeper in space and better understand our neighboring planets. Curiosity and exploration could be held responsible for the all the initial discoveries like exploring the antarctic or putting a human on the moon. Colonizing a planet refers to humans living on a different planet and carrying out all the activities there and using the planetary resources to carry out various operations.
Mars, the fourth planet in our solar system is very similar to earth, has been the center of attention for quite some time. Becoming a multi-planetary species, enables humans to extend their reach in space. Since 2000, humans are always present in the orbit around the earth in the International space station, giving us a wealth of data to understand the effects of long space missions on the human body.
One of the major challenges that we are currently facing is overpopulation, thus, in order to keep up with requirements colonizing other planets is important, thus, sending people to different planets will help in reducing the current impact on the planet.
Secondly, becoming a multi-planetary species increases the chances of human survival in case of a natural or man-made disaster. Further, interplanetary colonization will give a major boost to the current technology. Our Solar System has major resources for fuel such as titan, as suggested by Cassini Huygens data, could be a great destination full of resources.
“Only via continuing to probe every nook and cranny of the universe that is accessible to us will we truly build a useful appreciation of our own place in the cosmos.”
– Lawrence M. Krauss
Though setting up space colonization will definitely be expensive but it will provide advantages both economically and technologically. When Neil Armstrong set his step on the moon, he said that and I quote “ That’s one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind”, and now, with the Artemis mission we are planning to colonize the moon, as it will help in launching deep space missions and also the water stored in poles of the moon could be used.
Thus, to further extend our limits and explore the vast universe, space colonization is a necessary step.
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