It’s been just short of 60 years since the first man stepped onto the moon, and it is safe to say a lot has changed since then. With the space race to Mars fully underway between NASA, Mars One and Space X, the stars have become anybody’s game.
So what can we expect from the next 100 years of space travel? The universe is no longer just reserved for astronauts but businesses and even you and your family too!
From taking a holiday to Mars or an asteroid, to emigrating off of Earth altogether, these are the most exciting predictions expected to take us, our children and even grandchildren to infinity and beyond across the next century!
NASA heat things up with their mission to the Sun
Set to take off this year, NASA’s groundbreaking Parker Solar Probe mission will be humanity’s first visit to a Star. With the aim of studying the star’s solar wind, a topic scientists have longed to look into for over 60 years, this mission will travel seven times closer than any spacecraft has ever reached before.
To get an idea of just how far this spacecraft the size of a small car has to travel, the Earth’s average distance to the Sun is 93 million miles, and this mission is just a staggering 3.9 million miles from the surface of the Sun.
It’s safe to say NASA are turning up the heat in their voyages to space.
Commercialisation reaches the Moon
Space is no longer reserved for scientists or astronauts, as the doors open to the private sector. The Moon is one of the first to feel the effects of this, with the American private company formed in Silicon Valley by a group of space entrepreneurs, Moon Express who are aiming to mine the Moon. Their first commercial voyage, the Lunar Scout expedition is set to leave this year.
Followed in the same year is Moon Express’ Lunar Outpost expedition that will explore the lunar South Pole, where there are concentrations of water and other valuable resources. By researching into these resources, there will for the first time be a commercial value of the Moon we look at every evening!
Who will reach Mars first?
There is much debate on who will reach Mars first, but our predictions show that according to Mars One, in 2022, they will be first as they expect to be ready to send their first set of astronauts to the Red Planet.
NASA have given themselves a slightly longer deadline to achieve this goal, estimating that by 2033, they will have sent humans to Mars. Mars One is over ten years ahead according to these predictions, but will they follow through?
In the meantime, NASA have set their sights on sending humans elsewhere, to an asteroid to be exact, which is part of their mission to capture one and redirect it to orbit the Moon.
Top destinations to emigrate will shift away from Earth
There have currently been just over 500 people who have travelled to space, but with the space race heating up between the likes NASA, SpaceX and Mars, this figure is estimated to reach 10,000 by 2050!
In just over 30 years time is has been predicted that humans will not only be able to go on holiday off of Earth to somewhere in space, but also emigrate permanently off the blue planet, with colonies expected to exist on the Moon, Mars and stations deep in space.
By 2100 the 10,000 figure will have climbed to a whopping one million people living off on Earth. Perhaps you’ll find yourself retiring to Mars, or visiting family and friends who have made a life elsewhere in space.
The world is about to get a whole lot bigger. Question is, are you ready for space travel to become part of your life as the next 100 years see exploration possibilities reach infinity and beyond?
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