Researchers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab have predicted when the human civilization will become a multi-planet species. The first humans could land on Saturn’s moons before the year 2100.
NASA is working towards getting humans on multiple planets in order to save the species and expand our knowledge. But when will this happen?
According to a team of NASA scientists who published a paper on the pre-print server arXiv, humanity entered a “window of peril ” when the first nuclear weapons were developed and deployed near the end of World War II —. According to the paper, this “window of peril ” will remain open “until robust off-world colonies become a reality.” The study explores when humans will be able to leave Earth and spread out among the stars.
The researchers focused their efforts on predicting the future of advanced computing power, which would be a major factor in allowing humans to travel far into space and colonize other planets. According to the study results of the paper, NASA researchers believe that humans will be able to land on Mars for the first time by 2038. Furthermore, the researchers predict that humans will reach the Asteroid Belt around the year 2064. Finally, by 2254, humans could travel to the nearest neighboring star, Proxima Centauri.
The team wrote, “Beginning with the development and deployment of the first nuclear weapons near the end of World War II, humanity entered a ‘Window of Peril’ which will not be safely closed until robust off-world colonies become a reality.”
Adding, “Our findings suggest the first human-crewed missions to land on Mars, selected Asteroid Belt objects, and selected moons of Jupiter and Saturn can occur before the end of the 21st century. An aggressive and sustained space exploration program, which includes colonization, is thus seen as critical to the long-term survival of the human race.”
Concluding, “By creating at least one, and preferably multiple, self-sustaining and genetically viable off-world colonies, humanity can best assure its long-term survival from both natural and human-caused calamities that threaten life on Earth. Off-world colonization, like the Great Filter’s self-annihilation, is within humanity’s reach – which we choose as our future will constitute Earth’s reply to Fermi’s Paradox.”