A Space-Faring Odyssey – Quotes about Space and Travel
“Space. It seems to go on and on forever. But then you get to the end and a gorilla starts throwing barrels at you.” That’s the opening line to one of the best sci-fi shows of all time. And it’s mostly true, as far as we’ve managed to figure out. Space is infinite. We haven’t found any barrel-chucking space apes yet, but we’re getting there. Anyway, today we’re going to use some of the most famous space quotes of all time to talk about humanity’s greatest ambition – colonizing other planets.
Center of the Universe
I keep mentioning in these blog posts that the human mind is amazing. Its capacity to adapt, interpret and process is beyond reason (see what I did there?). But it also comes with a metaphorical truck-load of fallacies and flaws. The ones we all suffer from are known as cognitive biases. And thanks to or because of them, we can trick ourselves into believing almost anything.
This is how, for most of our existence as a species, we’ve believed that we are the center of the universe. Since we’re the main characters in our own story, of course that we’re center stage. Center galaxy? Center cosmos? Anyway…
Despite having been around for about 200,000 years, it was only in the last hundred years or so that we’ve made significant progress regarding space travel. However, slowly but surely, we started picking up on details about the universe outside of our little blue-green ball.
We’ve Come a Long Way
Galileo Galilei was considered a heretic for daring to share his scientific discoveries. But we’ve come a long way since those days. Today, we have ships capable of limited-range space travel, a space station orbiting the planet, and plans to colonize other planets. Galileo would be proud.
One of our most significant achievements in the field is, of course, sending people to the moon. However, after the initial excursion, we quickly gave that up. The costs weren’t really warranted. We did, however, start working on technologies which would help us extend our reach.
Our ancestors couldn’t even imagine that the world was spherical or that the sun didn’t revolve around the Earth. However, we’ve made incredible progress in the short time after the industrial revolution. Our technology and understanding of the world outside our own bubble is growing exponentially. But we’re still but children when it comes to space exploration. Cue Elon Musk.
Even though NASA has made everything possible, they suffer from a very serious issue – underfunding. Building rockets and other techs necessary to space exploration is extremely expensive. This is why SpaceX, a private company funded by a billionaire, is our best chance of colonizing other planets.
Whether he’s a Tony Stark or a Lex Luthor, Elon Musk made his intentions clear – he wants humanity to span the galaxy, if not the whole Universe. Sure, he may be a bit of megalomaniac, proclaiming himself King of Mars and all that. But he did give NASA about five years to catch up to him before taking on the title, so that’s something.
Jokes aside, Musk is actually on his very own galaxy quest. He wants to be remembered for setting up the road leading to mankind colonizing other planets. His first stop? Mars. He is planning on having a colony of 1,000 to 10,000 people on the Red Planet by 2040. He also said that he would like to die on Mars, only not on landing.
And while we’re so close to actually inhabiting other planets, those are planets in our solar system. But our destiny, or our path, or whatever you’d like to call it, lies far beyond. Perhaps in a galaxy far, far away.