It’s Time to Leave Home
In the coming decade science fiction will become science fact as humans leave the confines of the Earth-Moon system and make homes among the asteroids and planet Mars.
For more than one hundred years there has been popular talk of this next great adventure. Now, finally, we have the technology, motivation, and momentum. Private sector advances in fuel energy density, reusable space craft, and easily deployed habitations will make it economically feasible and technically possible to build colonies on Mars.
By asking questions about who we are and where we come from, we can more clearly look to the future of human space exploration. The intent is to recognize patterns in human social behavior in the context of isolated, small group dynamics such that we might help guide, or at least anticipate the challenges of the next wave of human exploration and evolution.
“We have a unique opportunity to learn from the mistakes of our past, to improve our prospect for the future as we aim for the stars.” —Kai Staats, August 2013