After yesterday’s NASA announcement everyone started to think about what it would be like to travel to space and visit these new 7 exoplanets.
What we know for sure is that it would take NASA’s space shuttle at least 1.5 million years to get there. NASA’S new Horizon spacecraft would take over 800,000 years in our current technology.
But our mind is unstoppable when it comes to imagining what is possible for our human species. We dream about going to the stars and beyond. We dream about a life that is multi-planetary and different from the life we have experienced on earth.
NASA created this fantasy travel poster imagining how tourists or possibly colonists of the future might visit the Trappist-1 system, which includes planets that could host water.
At only 39 light-years away, scientists say the nearby system is our best bet for finding life beyond our solar system. Even though none of us have been to space, the thought does not scare us. We are excited about the discoveries NASA made yesterday and we look forward to all the possibilities ahead.
One of the reasons that these type of discoveries are important is that Earth won’t last us forever. Physicist Stephen Hawking says that disaster – either natural or man-made – will eventually put an end to life on Earth, and we have to escape if humanity is to survive. To say that he has been vocal about this is an understatement. In a new book titled ‘How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight’ by journalist Julian Guthrie, Professor Hawking shared his thoughts in the afterword. “I believe that life on Earth is at an ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster, such as a sudden nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus, or other dangers. I think the human race has no future if it doesn’t go to space.” The good news is that we are on our way whether Earth survives or not, we are going to the stars.
* Images Courtesy of NASA/R. Hurt/T. Pyle
Christina Rasmussen is the creator and founder of The Life Reentry Institute, Second Firsts, The Life Starters and Star Letters. Christina is on a crusade to help millions of people rebuild, reclaim, and relaunch their lives using the power of their own minds. Christina’s work has been featured on ABC News, NPR, The White House Blog, and MariaShriver.com. She is the bestselling author of Second Firsts: Live, Laugh, and Love Again, which has also been translated in Chinese and German and is currently working on her second book on expanding the mind in ways that allows co creation with the forces of the universe. She is also writing her first work of fiction: a science fiction story about a woman on a quest to start over and begin a new life.