The next 50 years should see a better understanding of what is achievable, new technology that enables better, eco-friendlier spaceflights, ridiculously priced space tourism journeys for the discerning individual and perhaps a final plan in place to send humans to Mars. We perhaps are not entirely serious about the next 50 years and are using our imagination and ambition as catalysts for innovation; it is important to account for realistic ideas. With that said, it will not only take the efforts of engineers, physicists and mathematicians, it is about exploring the human aspect of space missions as well. If one day we leave this world behind, we should take the best of it wherever we go.
This article was written in collaboration with Seanasol. Seanasol is building the infrastructure for self-sustainable, low-gravity farming by bringing together the expertise of aerospace scientists and plant biologists. They strongly believe that “when we move to Mars, everyone will be a farmer.” For more information about their project, visit http://www.seanasol.co.uk.
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