The Future of Space Exploration

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What does the future of space exploration look like? This is a question that people have been asking themselves for decades. Only a few decades ago, most people thought that it was genuinely impossible to put a man on the moon, yet it was a goal that was accomplished. Since that time, technology has increased by leaps and bounds, allowing people to go to space time and again. People have even had the opportunity to live in space for an extended period of time, thanks to the International Space Station. With that being said, many people wonder what the future holds now that the space shuttle program has been discontinued and for the time being, it seems like there isn’t a whole lot going on, at least by outward appearances.

Privatization

For years, space exploration was the job of federal government. During much of that time, nobody else really had the know-how or the money to privatize any attempt at going into space. However, the end of the space shuttle program essentially changed all that. Make no mistake about it, it still costs an enormous amount of money to even consider putting something into space and that has been a challenge for anyone that has attempted to privatize space exploration, but there are a few individuals (Elon Musk and Space X) there are successfully exploring the idea. In reality, most of the space flights have been for preparation for something much more significant, something that many people feel is impossible. That something is to put people on Mars.

So, What Does the Future of Space Exploration Look Like?

Although it might seem hard to believe right now, the future of space exploration could very well involve sending groups of individuals to colonize Mars. At the moment, most people still consider this to be nothing more than some far-fetched idea from a science fiction movie but that is exactly what people thought about sending someone to the moon during the 1960s, too. In reality, the future looks more and more like it will involve a lot of private companies that have bankrolled a very large amount of money to send private citizens into space. Those individuals might be looking for an adventure or maybe they have a more altruistic intention in mind, but the idea of making it happen is far more plausible today than it was ten or twenty years ago.

The entire idea behind the exploration of space has always been one that was filled with adventure and uncertainty. No one really knows everything about what they will encounter during a space mission, whether that is provided by the government or a private company. The truth of the matter is that it is easy to have rather lofty goals, but those goals will never be reached if no one is willing to put forth the effort to make an attempt to do it. Fortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a shortage of brave individuals who are more than ready to do what they need to do in order to see what it might be like to colonize another planet. What does the future of space exploration look like? It looks a lot like it always has. The uncertainty might be unnerving for some but for others, a lifetime of research and effort has been spent in order to get there.