Why moving to another planet is more plausible than ever (Pt. 2)

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 By

A red, four-armed alien action figure from the "Ben 10" toy line.

Four arms and other excitement awaits among potential life on other planets. (Photo Credit: CC BY/Dideo/Flickr)

Life on other planets is an idea that fills some with wonder and others with dread. Yet as human beings, we must consider the possibility that moving to another planet is quickly becoming necessary. If you missed the beginning of this article, CLICK HERE.

Life on other planets proof No. 4 – Diversity and toughness of life

Science tells us that life has evolved on Earth under very difficult conditions, from volcanoes and meteor strikes to ice ages and radical atmospheric change. Life is diverse, and it has spread in one exodus after another over the millennia. Plus, there are those extremophiles mentioned earlier. If life can continue to thrive after all that punishment, why couldn’t there be alien life forms out there, awaiting discovery? Some of them may be interested in borrowing your leaf blower.

Life on other planets proof No. 5 – The meteorite theory

If the theory of panspermia is accurate, life evolved as single-celled organisms on Mars, and fell to Earth inside meteorites. Complex carbon molecules and other chemicals came together to form fragile membranes that eventually became cells – that’s the widely accepted theory, but the forces that brought these elements together is still not fully understood. Forward-thinking individuals believe it’s only a matter of time, however. We’ll know the answers to this, as well as other important questions, such as whether Mello-Roos will be required by Martian homeowners’ associations.

Life on other planets proof No. 6 – Oceans of life

Scientific evidence suggests that life on Earth originated in the ocean. Now that we know that water once flowed freely on Mars and the Saturnian moon Titan, as well as methane, we believe that odds of alien life existing on other worlds is that much stronger – stronger than the odds of getting your leaf blower back from your Martian neighbor.

Life on other planets proof No. 7 – Life persists

Evolutionary theory suggests that life adapts to its environment. Sure, as originally penned by Darwin, this referred to life on Earth. But if the atmosphere on another plant is simply a different environment to which life needs to adapt, then with time, it can do so in most environments – including those found on select planets. Neighbors that can adapt to you are a welcome blessing.

Moving to another planet – Why we’ll need to connect soon

Numerous theories exist as to why we might want to consider moving to another planet soon. It won’t be a cheap move, but it will be necessary, according to preeminent physicist Professor Stephen Hawking of Cambridge University. Hawking believes the human race must move beyond our current solar system in order to ensure the continuation of the species. Nuclear disaster, asteroid crash and the death of our sun are just some of the possibilities that make calling an intergalactic moving company necessary.

“Once we spread out into space and establish colonies, our future should be safe,” said Hawking.

Moving to another planet – What’s needed for space colonization (besides money)

Permanent human habitation outside Earth – aka space colonization – will be expensive. That’s a given. That doesn’t mean that developed nations of the world aren’t already planning colonies for the Moon, Mars, asteroids and other Goldilocks zone planets outside our solar system, however.

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Sources

BBC News

io9

Space colonization Wiki

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