I find the idea that we are in imminent danger from extinction to be far-fetched. Sure, it could very well be inevitable. But not likely anytime soon. We have lasted this long. But, I do find the idea of colonizing other planets or creating space stations for long term habitation to be very interesting. The idea of an interstellar space ark is chief among the ideas I find most intriguing. It would be a massive undertaking and not without its major risks of failure. There are many things we have to figure out, technologically, before this could even begin to be marginally feasible. Either way, it is a fun conversation to have, so check out the video!
Earlier this year, Professor Stephen Hawking warned the human race that, unless we found a way to colonise another planet in the next hundred years, we would face a very real threat of extinction. He said: “With climate change, overdue asteroid strikes, epidemics and population growth, our own planet is increasingly precarious.”
The idea of a brave band of people leaving Earth to start a new life elsewhere in the galaxy isn’t new. Rocket pioneer Robert H Goddard described an “interstellar ark” in 1918, and ten years later his Russian counterpart Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, known as the father of astronautic theory, wrote about a Noah’s Ark that would fly in space for thousands of years.
In this video we look at some of the issues that would surround the building, manning, flying and destination of on interstellar space ark.
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