When it comes to extinction, it isn’t a matter of if, but when. The human race can only survive if we spread into space. As Stephen Hawking notes, there are just too many accidents that can happen to life on a single planet. We need to explore space further, start a colony, and pave the way for future generations to find new home planets.
“That’s what the ISS means to me: a permanent human presence in space. The orbital perspective open to all of us, through the eyes, the words, the hearts of fellow men and women… it’s all of us turning step-by-step into a space-faring civilization.” — Samantha Cristoforetti, ESA Astronaut [x]
image 1: The International Space Station orbiting Earth. Credit: NASA image 2: NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Expedition 24 flight engineer, looks through a window in the Cupola of the International Space Station. A blue and white part of Earth and the blackness of space are visible through the windows. The image was a self-portrait using natural light. Image credit: NASA/Tracy Caldwell Dyson. image 3: 50 Years Ago: Yuri’s Planet