If we take a look at what we have achieved in last 250 years we’ll notice two distinct opposites: advancements and deterioration. Advancements in every segment of our lives but also deterioration of planet’s natural resources exploited to build the advancements.
But it’s all for the better.
It just may be that overuse and exhaustion of natural resources will lead to survival of the species even beyond some kind of apocalyptic event. We don’t need meteorite. We are already wreaking havoc around this beautiful blue sphere that we call home.
On the other hand, if we were not doing that, we would never evolve into the species we are today. Every hole we dug, every war we fought provided something new and valuable for the entire human kind.
And maybe one of the biggest achievements of all is our ability to leave. Not our home but our home planet. And for some strange reason, our eyes were always on Mars, a distant small, red, and seemingly barren planet.
Ever since Wernher von Braun successfully launched his first long-range ballistic missile, species was even more focused on reaching that red dot in the night sky.
Apollo program laid foundations for future exploration of Mars. Mariner missions sent us first great overview of the surface of this planet, and latest advances made possible for NASA to land several different rover missions and really dig into the Martian land.
When we analyzed the very first samples, it became clear that Mars provides essential elements of life and that we already have the most of the technology needed for establishment of the first human colony on a distant planet at the inner Solar System.
Is it a waste of money and valuable resources?
Far from that.
These collective efforts have the potential to save our species and our own blue planet. Because from Mars we will be just a pit-stop to explorations of Asteroid Belt and planets in outer Solar System.
The abundance of vital mineral resources that we almost drained from the Earth’s surface found on Mars, Saturn, Jupiter and even further will enable human species and our native planet to live much longer.
Mars Colonial Transporter is the first serious project aimed in that direction. It is based on a reusable rocket technology developed by the SpaceX, a US based space flights and transportation company, privately held by Elon Musk.
In next 15 years we will witness the second step of human species in extraterrestrial explorations, with Moon and Apollo program being the first – the launch of first colonial space vehicle.
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It won’t be much longer when first human crew leaves for 180 days trip to Mars and establish the very first habitat facility on distant planet.
Based on a pace of current technological progress, even in our lifetime we will be able to make a round trip and see the first man made outpost on Mars that serves as a logistical station for many space-mining transporters that carry valuable and vital resources back to home planet. It won’t be long before we start wearing necklaces with diamonds from Jupiter’s and Saturn’s rains.
We do live in exciting times.