Perhaps, in less than ten years, people will get a chance to live on planet Mars and eventually create a sustainable civilization there. Elon Musk, president of Tesla Motors, has been interested in colonizing Mars for awhile. Space Exploration Technologies Corporation was founded by Musk in 2002 and 14 years later, he announced at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico his plan to send humans to colonize Mars with his future Interplanetary Transport System spaceship-rocket. Residing/moving to other planets is a science fiction dream that is possible, especially with our constant advancing aerospace technology. Of course, this fascinating news has its pros and cons. Musk also explained that the very first colonists (he does not recommend children of course) who are brave enough to try & reside on Mars should understand it will be a dangerous first journey and be prepared to die…if it comes to that. This possibility may terrify many people, but there are some who are willing to be a part of the “trial and error” phase of a new settlement/colony in a foreign world, while most would prefer to go after everything has been figured out and deemed ‘safe”. The Universe, as expansive as it is with all of the galaxies out there, humanity should be curious to know where else could life forms and sustainable living exist. One of the interesting things to ponder is that out of all the countless planets in our Universe, there are probably other forms of life that look alot like us and/or beings that differ quite alot in physical appearance and biology depending on the planet. Worlds with features/climates that are probably breathtaking and amazing. Colonizing Mars would be the beginning of a future that brings a new age to our civilization and space travel. Of course, let’s just make sure we do not get to travel to new worlds, planets located in different galaxies and do a “Avatar” like mission, which has been done before throughout history within our own world. Nevertheless, I have faith in humanity responsibly visiting and inhabiting livable planets in our galaxy and beyond. The process will be controversial, trying, costly, and with error…but may be a astronomical phenomenon that is both exciting & will change the course of science and humanity, perhaps sooner than later.
Astronomy is very interesting and fascinating to learn about. This book, created by the renowned physicist & veteran science writer James Trefil, is full of superb imagery that was captured from the most progressive space missions ever. I mean, this book has some of the best photos that were ever taken, which details the whole universe. This adventurous book starts with our solar system, then into the stars of the Milky Way, and then beyond into the outer reaches of the cosmos. The mind blowing pics includes: nebulas, galaxy Centaurus A with a massive black hole at it’s heart), comets, and so much more. Of course, this book is not just a picture book…it is pretty big & holds information about the history of the universe & time line of breakthroughs in astronomical studies. There is very detailed information on planets & never before published maps. This book has over 300 pages with current info about our solar system, galaxy, universe, exoplanets, dark matter, and so much more. I’ve had this book for several months now, and this is actually my third time reading it. So, if you are a astronomy enthusiast like myself or interested in learning more about this science, then I’m pretty sure you would love this book if you have not already read it.