The Future of Humanity: What Is There in Outer Space?

by | Jun 16, 2023 | science, Science Fiction, SciFi | 0 comments

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Moon Luck is Scott Harral’s glimpse into the near future as humans inhabit the Moon, creating colonies on other planets and beginning a slow conquest of outer space.

As technology progresses and discoveries about the universe outside the bounds of Earth come to light, the spark of adventure and desire burning in the collective heart of humanity to know more about reality has only blazed brighter each day. If it were a real spark, perhaps it would be glowing brighter than even Sirius (which, because of its close proximity to the Earth’s sun, is the brightest star in the night sky)! 

As the cloud of possibilities further expand within the gestalt imagination of humanity, it is difficult for individuals—let alone organizations—to not imagine and wonder where the potential of humanity will lead them, especially in the endless expanse of the final frontier. 

Why Space Looms Hard in the Human Imagination

Outer space holds an endless medley of possibilities for humanity if only it learns how to control itself and settle the troubles of Earth. Despite this seemingly insurmountable barrier, the imaginative power of humans will never be deterred, and as they gain more insight into what lies beyond their planetary home, that imagination is being fortified with an almost palpable impetus to move.

Since humans first learned to look up to the stars, they have dreamt about what lies in the great darkness. It hides not only inspiration but knowledge. How much have civilizations learned from mapping out the trajectory of comets and planets? The sequence of constellations and stars? 

There is still so much to gain from studying outer space. The future of humanity lies between the stars. 

With the advent of space exploration and the tentative steps to make it more accessible, humans are slowly approaching the apex of their pursuits—from landing the first man on the Moon to the surprising discovery of water on other planets like Mars. 

Year after year, it almost seems like humanity is making incredible strides and discoveries in understanding space every day.

The Benefits of Reaching Out to Outer Space

But what actually lies in outer space? What are the potential and practical benefits it has for humanity other than fulfilling a species-wide dream? 

  • Exploration: Although humanity has only explored space for a little over sixty years, there has been an explosion of scientific discovery in that little span of time—from the dozens of probes sent to other planets, the rover on Mars, and a planned extraterrestrial colony on Moon—the spirit of exploration ignited during the Age of Colonization seems never to have faded!
  • Tourism: Alongside a thirst for wanting to know more about space is the desire to see in person the wonders of the universe—from the bright stars to the exotic planets to whatever oddities there are floating in outer space.
  • Research: While there are still a lot of things that can be learned from Earth, there is still a great deal more stuff that can be gleaned from outer space itself. This is because it’s obviously larger than Earth itself—the planet is merely a speck in the grand breadth of the cosmos, so, of course, there is so much more to learn there. 
  • Manufacturing: There is a lot of stuff that humanity can create when beyond the limitations of Earth, from medicine, energy and other products. This is because, in outer space, there is no restriction when it comes to area and weight. Due to weaker gravitational forces, it is much more efficient to establish floating factories and simply ship them down to Earth or across space.

These are just a few of the potential fields that can be improved in space. As technology advances, the possibilities that the world achieves the realities of Moon Look, Scott Harral’s glimpse into the near future, where humans inhabit the Moon, grow ever closer and clearer.

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