Climate change is real, but as it is slow and poses less of an existential risk right now, it is mostly ignored. We forget that by turning a blind eye to the climate crisis, billions of people will suffer in the coming years due to floods, hurricanes, wildfires and many other natural calamities.
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Billionaires like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are trying to provide a solution to an inevitable problem: Humanity’s thirst for growth and the endless exploitation of natural resources will eventually ‘finish off’ our planet and there is a chance we may become extinct(not to mention the 8.7 million other species).
According to these wealthy men, if our species is present and thriving on other planets, it won’t be filtered out by evolution after some time.
Texts written in the last 300 years imagine the universe filled with different kinds of humanoids and rich elements, not with infinitely empty, barren and uninhabitable planets.
The recent realization that our species could go extinct, and our beautiful planet could one day be non-livable for whatever reason, motivated scholars to think about settling outside, evolving into the dream of galactic colonization.
In the middle of an unpredictable pandemic, climate crisis, global unrest and inequality, a couple of extremely wealthy men took space rides in their multi-million dollar spaceships.
The efforts may seem like vanity projects, but there is underlying motivation to colonize space, a galactic goal that has surfaced in the last century.
Before we venture into colonizing the galaxy, pushed by overzealous, egocentric billionaires, we could fix urgent problems on our own planet.
Problems like the climate crisis, social justice, human trafficking, hyper-capitalism and inequality can only be solved by humanity-wide projects and not by whimsical, rich men.
The biggest perk of traveling to space is the view. Just past the boundary between space and Earth, passengers can catch a stunning glimpse of our planet juxtaposed against the wide unknown of space. The view is meant to be awe-inducing, and the experience even has its own name: the Overview Effect.
Another perk of these trips is that space tourists will feel a few minutes of microgravity, which is when gravity feels extremely weak. That will give them the chance to bounce around a spacecraft weightlessly before heading back to Earth.
Our imagined moon has long inspired fear, excitement, hubris, and political ambition – fact and myth, science and science fiction have always intertwined.
Some of the engineers who advised Fritz Lang on his 1929 film, Frau im Mond went on to develop the first rocket capable of reaching space, Germany’s V-2. When they later moved to Huntsville, they took with them not just their know‑how but also Lang’s anticipation-quickening innovation of counting down the seconds before the rocket’s launch.
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