When the first space colony would be established?
Our days on earth are numbered. Great minds have predicted that mankind must settle themselves on other planets, if it wants to avoid complete extinction due to some probable natural natural disasters. According to the same Stephen Hawking, this kind of accident can happen to the Earth in the next 100 years, that leaves us with not so much time to prepare.
Does mankind can colonize space before the end of the world? Port Futurism decided to learn the opinions of their readers and answers, as expected, very divided. More than 70 percent of people who took part in this poll, believe that the first space colony would be built during the first half of the 21st century, with more than 36 per cent of these respondents are confident that we are talking about the 2030's, and about 10 percent sure that the first outer housing people will build in the next decade.
One of these respondents is, for example, Satish Varma, a software engineer. According to him, we will be able to live on another planet, already in the next decade or two. His response is due to the level of pace that developing spacecraft technology, artificial intelligence, and bionics, which will be the driving forces that enable us to stay in the space in the long run.
"At the moment there is a sharp rise in the technological field of space research and development of artificial intelligence companies such as SpaceX, Google, and Tesla", - says Varma.
The observations are correct Varma. Companies such as SpaceX and Blue Origin, has recently made progress in the development of reusable rockets that will definitely become the key to the availability of space travel. Google, as its turn, is actively developing AI, and recently celebrated the creation of an algorithm that can be taught almost as fast as we do, that makes this technology more practical for everyday use, for example, to control the spacecraft.
What the experts say?
The technological revolution has led not only to a variety of companies, but also the governments of different countries to think seriously about the idea of space colonization. Two of the most attractive targets for human occupation at the moment are Mars and the Moon. The latter, in turn, receives today undeservedly little attention, but in the opinion of expert scientists, mankind will be able to build a colony of only about 6 years old and a little less than $ 10 billion. Chinese and European space agencies are very carefully considering the possibility of building bases on the moon, as in this case, you can seriously reduce the cost of sending spacecraft to other planets of the solar system, including Mars.
As to the Red Planet, as a last example, the statement of the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), reported the desire to build on it to settle in 2117. Other countries are likely to do it much earlier. For example, the US government has commissioned space agency NASA to deliver the person to Mars by 2033. In China the goal is even more ambitious - for the next ten years.
However, the same CEO of SpaceX Elon Musk hopes to prove how much more effective could be the work of private space companies, compared with the government bureaucracy. His plan also appears to send humans to Mars in 2020, but this is not the sole purpose of both the mask and his company. Businessman wants to make the journey to the Red Planet is quite affordable now, therefore, set the bar at 200 thousand dollars for a ticket. Musk thus wants to do more to turn us into interplanetary species, and not just to organize research expedition. Such an approach, in his opinion, will be critical for the future of the human race.
"History tells us that sooner or later, but the big crash still occurs. I think you will agree that at this point we should turn into a kind of interplanetary "- said Musk during last year's press conference.
"I want to make the trip to Mars is really real. And I think that we have the opportunity to implement the plan for our generation. "
It would be interesting to know the opinion of our readers. Indeed mankind has reached the point where we should have to think about the possibility of resettlement to other planets, and all this while and is still science fiction, which will bring not soon?