Tonight Elon Musk and Chris Anderson have stretched my head in some unforeseen means. Elon hopes we’ll see (and is performing toward) a future inside of 10-20 many years exactly where SpaceX is launching 1000 Starships to Mars each individual two yrs, so we can create a self-sustaining metropolis of a million human beings who will be ready to have human consciousness forward into the long run even if an existential disaster (meteor strike, world-wide thermonuclear war, climate transform, and many others.) destroys humanity on earth Earth. This isn’t a science fiction film or an episode from “The Onion,” this is the true long run eyesight which Elon and SpaceX are actively doing the job in direction of and making. The full job interview with Chris Anderson, recorded on April 17, 2022, is 66 minutes very long. Start off watching at 36:55 for the section subtitled in the video description, “SpaceX’s Starship and the mission to create a city on Mars.”
As Chris factors out in the interview, there are very likely NOT several people currently who have this eyesight of the future two many years… That thousands of “thoroughly reusable spaceships” are likely to not only be traveling to and from Earth to Mars, but also exploring other elements of our photo voltaic technique and presenting both of those new options as properly as troubles most of us have only contemplated by way of science fiction tales.
In February this 12 months, Shelly and I attended the “Space Exploration Educator’s Meeting” at the Johnson Room Heart in Houston in human being. Shelly likes to notify her 3rd quality STEM college students they are “the Artemis technology,” since they are the technology of students who will not only witness but also have options to Take part in the Artemis Method which will return human beings to the moon. I appreciate to share my very own enthusiasm for space exploration with my 5th and 6th grade media literacy learners, but also discuss the important Need to have we have as a nation and a earth for their intelligence and their ethical management to enable us figure out some incredibly tricky troubles and make great selections in a fast transforming planet crammed with much more computing know-how, digital units, and laptop or computer code than any earlier period of human record.
Tonight as I listened to Elon and Chris discuss about the prospective customers for enlightened governance on Mars (“It’s the men and women of Mars’ town.”) I was reminded of many matters. Shelly and our son have viewed all the episodes of the Netflix sequence, “The Expanse,” which is established a handful of hundred yrs into the long run when people are residing on Mars and in the astroid belt, as effectively as on Earth. Like other great science fiction, “glimpses of the foreseeable future” which we achieve in different places (like tonight’s interview with Elon) make a lot of facets of “The Expanse” appear to be real looking and achievable.
In addition, tonight’s interview manufactured me feel of Mark Wagner (@markwagner), who I observed once again at SECC 2022 and know from the times of Google’s Infinite Considering Device weblog and the Google Trainer Academy functions. Mark’s Twitter profile reveals he’s now President of @thespaceprize, Founder of @areslearning, College of @keplerspaceinst, and the writer #MoreNow (“Far more Now: A Concept from the Long term for the Educators of Today.”)
The “About KSI” web page explains:
Kepler House Institute is dedicated to the expansion of human civilization from Earth into space. We feel this is necessary, the two to purchase assets – based mostly on the Legislation of House Abundance to supply the basic requirements of preserving peace and prosperity for humankind on this planet – and to increase lifetime by our photo voltaic process and outside of.
About KSI – Kepler Space Institute. (n.d.). Retrieved April 26, 2022, from https://keplerspaceinstitute.com/who-we-are/
Amidst all the working day-to-working day stresses and problems we just about every confront, and the grim news from areas like Ukraine, it can be tricky occasionally to imagine a foreseeable future environment of abundance and be optimistic about our shared future. Viewing Elon’s interview tonight was an invigorating “shot in the arm” for me. I feel this weekend may be a great time to open up up the “Star Wander 2” application on my Apple iphone and do some backyard stargazing. We reside in an astounding universe, and it’s fascinating to imagine about all the ways unique men and women are performing to assistance us both check out and Live in much more elements of it than ever prior to.
“Stellarium screenshot on the lookout SE from Edmond” (CC BY-SA 2.) by Wesley Fryer
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