If you have ever wondered what the future would be like one or 2 hundred years from now, you may have said to yourself dream on. The reality is based on technology and what happens to us when we use it. Would we ever survive ourselves to make it that far.
Many of us were given a telescope as a child to look at the stars and planets in the night sky. From there we thought what it would be like to travel there and what would it take to get there. So lets pick an imaginary date of 2210 thinking what it would be like.
First by then the surviving humans will have consumed all the oil and alternate energy sources would be in use. The seas would start to recede as global warming was now in a phase of global cooling. The human population will have been reduced by nature and be much less than today leaving the earth with the ability to cope with us. Infrastructure destroyed by global warming would be being rebuilt.
With the human desire to explore the heavens we very probably will have colonies on the moon and Mars and very possibly one of the moons of Saturn or Jupiter. The reason they are there is more to keep us alive as a species in the event of an human extinction event on Earth. Saying that it would be the only way to get Congress to fund it.
Looking at the Star trek series as a baseline, the producers of the program base technology in the series as a reasonable extrapolation of today’s technology at the time depicted in the program. They actually sent people out to go and talk to the people working on the cutting edge of today’s technology to get their expert opinion of what it would be like. Other than warp drive, everything else is thought to be possible.
As getting into space now requires something that provides thrust but does not burn fuel as there is none, some other form of propulsion must be used to escape Earths gravity that does not contaminate the environment, perhaps a way to neutralize gravity will have been found like magnets repelling each other when alike polls are brought together. Once in space a nuclear or other form of propulsion could be used.
Getting up to speed for planetary travel would require near constant acceleration, however at those speeds that bug hitting the window could be disastrous. Some form of shield would be needed to deflect any micro particles found in space.
All of this wonderful positive adventurous thinking can happen, but only if we can fix things on mother Earth first. We most never forget that we are part of nature and to survive we must do so without harming nature. If we don’t learn and remember that lesson, they may not be a retake on the test.
To look at the sky and wonder, we must first look at ourselves and wonder.