Tonight Elon Musk and Chris Anderson have stretched my thoughts in some surprising strategies. Elon hopes we’ll see (and is doing work towards) a long term within 10-20 several years exactly where SpaceX is launching 1000 Starships to Mars every single two decades, so we can set up a self-sustaining city of a million people who will be in a position to carry human consciousness forward into the long term even if an existential catastrophe (meteor strike, global thermonuclear war, weather modify, etcetera.) destroys humanity on world Earth. This isn’t a science fiction movie or an episode from “The Onion,” this is the actual future vision which Elon and SpaceX are actively functioning toward and developing. The entire interview with Chris Anderson, recorded on April 17, 2022, is 66 minutes extended. Commence seeing at 36:55 for the phase subtitled in the video clip description, “SpaceX’s Starship and the mission to construct a town on Mars.”
As Chris details out in the job interview, there are very likely NOT quite a few individuals today who have this eyesight of the next two decades… That thousands of “fully reusable spaceships” are heading to not only be touring to and from Earth to Mars, but also checking out other sections of our solar system and presenting both new options as well as problems most of us have only contemplated through science fiction tales.
In February this yr, Shelly and I attended the “Room Exploration Educator’s Convention” at the Johnson House Heart in Houston in particular person. Shelly likes to notify her 3rd quality STEM pupils they are “the Artemis technology,” since they are the technology of pupils who will not only witness but also have chances to Take part in the Artemis Method which will return human beings to the moon. I adore to share my have enthusiasm for house exploration with my 5th and 6th grade media literacy pupils, but also examine the crucial Have to have we have as a country and a world for their intelligence and their ethical management to enable us determine out some quite hard difficulties and make superior conclusions in a fast shifting entire world loaded with extra computing technology, digital gadgets, and computer code than any prior period of human historical past.
Tonight as I listened to Elon and Chris discuss about the prospective clients for enlightened governance on Mars (“It’s the people of Mars’ metropolis.”) I was reminded of several items. Shelly and our son have viewed all the episodes of the Netflix series, “The Expanse,” which is set a number of hundred decades into the long run when people are living on Mars and in the astroid belt, as effectively as on Earth. Like other very good science fiction, “glimpses of the long run” which we attain in different destinations (like tonight’s interview with Elon) make lots of features of “The Expanse” appear reasonable and feasible.
In addition, tonight’s interview created me feel of Mark Wagner (@markwagner), who I saw once again at SECC 2022 and know from the days of Google’s Infinite Thinking Device blog and the Google Trainer Academy occasions. Mark’s Twitter profile reveals he’s now President of @thespaceprize, Founder of @areslearning, Faculty of @keplerspaceinst, and the writer #MoreNow (“Additional Now: A Concept from the Foreseeable future for the Educators of Right now.”)
The “About KSI” page clarifies:
Kepler Place Institute is committed to the expansion of human civilization from Earth into room. We imagine this is necessary, both to acquire methods – based mostly on the Regulation of Area Abundance to present the basic wants of preserving peace and prosperity for humankind on this planet – and to extend lifestyle via our solar system and outside of.
About KSI – Kepler Space Institute. (n.d.). Retrieved April 26, 2022, from https://keplerspaceinstitute.com/who-we-are/
Amidst all the day-to-day stresses and troubles we each individual deal with, and the grim news from sites like Ukraine, it can be really hard in some cases to visualize a potential earth of abundance and be optimistic about our shared potential. Observing Elon’s job interview tonight was an invigorating “shot in the arm” for me. I consider this weekend may well be a excellent time to open up the “Star Stroll 2” app on my Iphone and do some yard stargazing. We stay in an awesome universe, and it’s fascinating to assume about all the methods distinct people today are doing work to enable us both of those take a look at and Reside in far more elements of it than ever right before.
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