Elon Musk’s star continues to rise. The one-of-a-kind tech mogul is known for his big ideas and even bigger statements, but he remains credible by ensuring that they pay off (sometimes). His commitment to environmental responsibility and green innovation has shown the small-thinkers around him that it’s possible to care for our own present and our children’s future at the same time. And his next big idea, as you’ll know by now, is outer space. He has secured the ear of the White House and, however unpredictable that ear may be, Musk’s place on the Strategic and Policy Forum ensures his big ideas now have an even bigger audience.
But what about the rest of us? It may be a while until the average Joe boards a one-way spaceship for Mars, but we can certainly have some fun thinking about the possibilities. The International Space Station has been a promising starter for cross-cultural co-operation in the stars. Together, scientists from sixteen different countries are working on ways to make space travel feasible for the masses. How odd it must feel to think of us back home while they work in remarkably humane conditions: a steady 21° atmosphere and regular civilian clothes.
Meanwhile, while Musk and congress debate whether Mars or the Moon make for a better starting point, distant stars and planets await our visit. It is widely thought that Europa, Jupiter’s ice moon, is one of our livelier neighbors – despite its -160° temperatures, it seems reasonably likely that it could support extraterrestrial life. Let’s hope they’re ready for us!
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A new infographic from Expedia explores some of the distant destinations that future generations may get to visit. Some are more feasible than others, but it’s worth thinking about the possibilities our species