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Living on Another Planet

Let’s get real: As far as we know, Earth is all we’ve got. I mean, if we screw this place up, it’s a big deal, cause you know, until the warp drive is commercially produced, the Centauri and Kepler systems will stay out of reach.

Sure, with the Artemis mission, NASA is planning to establish a permanent presence on the moon, but who really wants to live there? It’s a cold, dead rock with almost no atmosphere, unrenewable ice under the surface, 1/6th of Earth’s gravity (which would cause you to grow much taller if born there), and amazingly blue earthrises. Okay, I’ll admit — it’s actually sounding better all the time.

Still, even if you lived on the moon, you’d miss Earth. Everything and everyone you’ve ever known has called this cozy little terran planet home. And it has a lot to offer: An atmosphere full of nitrogen and oxygen, food, water, and various lifeforms. And don't forget... the internet.

Speaking of the internet, I found an interesting gem the other day. It's a list of all known exoplanets. "What's the difference between a planet and an exoplanet?" you ask. Well, in case you aren't familiar with the term, they are basically the same thing, it's just that an exoplanet orbits around a different star. Different, like, in a different solar system.

The cool thing is, we've discovered systems like Kepler and Trappist that seem to have habitable exoplanets orbiting those stars. "We should go!" you say. And yes, I agree. It would be great fun. As soon as we can invent cryosleep to get us through the decades-long lightyear journey. Actually, sleep is the easy part; waking up is what's so challenging.

Until then, I guess you'll just have to make do wondering what those other planets are like. To feed your curiosity, here's the official list:

But if that doesn't satisfy you, we just happen to have a couple of stories that may just expand your imagination:

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It's long been a dream for many, traveling to and exploring and living on the moon and mars. The thing is someone or a group of someone's have to be the first to do it. Just like crossing the continent or crossing the ocean or climbing that mountain, there has to be a first and then many will follow. As for the most obvious challenges, humans are clever and we will adapt. I just hope I live long enough to see some of this.

J.A. Taylor
J.A. Taylor
Jan 18, 2023
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I'm guessing we will have boots on Mars by 2030. NASA is intent on establishing a permanent lunar base. We are beginning our physical journey into the solar system. Very exciting!


Gregg Chamberlain
Gregg Chamberlain
Jan 13, 2023

Just read "The Gift"... very nice flash piece.

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