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The idea of colonizing other planets has always been one that intrigued me. While watching the movie Apollo 13, these ideas led to a very intriguing question. If humans had no way to live, or in that case come back to Earth, would humans be able to colonize another planet or a space station. When learning about how to make the world inhabitable for generations to come, many believe that leaving earth is ultimately inevitable. This leads to the question of mass importance, where exactly would humans colonize if we left Earth, and is this truly possible.
As referenced by Jerome Taylor, the answer seems to be no, but not for the reason that many think. Recent scientific developments seem to suggest that space colonization would could only be a temporary solution due to birth defects and infertility. Scientists know it would not be a short process to colonize another planet or potentially a space station, but the recent evidence suggests they may be better off spending their time trying to protect the planet that we already inhabit.
Space colonization appears to be a creative and complicated fix to an incredibly pressing problem. The reality is far more complex. While the idea sounds cool, space procreation is not exactly a solution for reproducing the human generation. Early predictions from NASA make it very clear, space sex is not the answer. The radiation that is experienced by those who leave Earth has a negative effect on the DNA that would need to be passed on from parents to offspring. Studies show that eggs perish during the second stage of pregnancy, terminating the pregnancy and making sexually reproduction seemingly impossible.
Radiation appears to be the primary problem with the idea of colonizing a place other than Earth. There are two primary forms of radiation that exist outside of Earth’s hemisphere. The first is solar flares. Solar flares refer to the flares given off by the sun. these flares produce harmful radiation that has a negative consequence on DNA replication and division when the DNA is passed from parent to offspring. The second is perhaps the greatest threat is galactic Cosmo rays. These rays cannot be prevented with advanced technological suits as the solar flares are, as the radiation given off by these suits is much more lethal.
There appears to be a reason that NASA has such strict policies about astronauts engaging in intercourse during missions. Not only is it unprofessional, but it bares the potential for lethal consequences both emotional and physical. This begs the question: If we cant colonize on another planet, what do we do about if Earth becomes uninhabitable. The answer is simple. Do not reach that point. We need to be doing things that actively make our planet a clean and safe place to live. By becoming more involved in our community, we can solve this problem before the world we inhabit deescalates to these conditions. We can do more, because moving to another planet simply doesn’t appear possible for us.