It takes less than five minutes of scanning any science-based website to realise there are some grave threats to our planet. Countries and individuals are working hard to reverse the effects of climate change and overconsumption here on Earth, but there is a ‘plan b’: heading for the stars. Specifically, the formation of the first ever off-planet permanent colony. It will establish humankind as a multi-planetary species. And the need for it is so severe that Elon Musk, the 25th most powerful person in the world has devoted his career to it. Musk may grab the headlines, but he’s only the poster boy for a worldwide effort from national space programmes and other multi-billion dollar business ventures. And it’s almost certain that this colony will be established while you and I are still alive to see it happen.
metro.co.uk/10 June 2019