Space Travel In The Next Decade
Space travel has been predicted to really kick off in the coming years as governments and important role players start to visualise the importance of settling on other planets and mining on distant asteroids. The belief is that in the next decade we will start seeing private commercial interests move toward the vastness of space because of the presence of rare and important minerals on asteroids that circle the earth and the solar system.
The next ten years are made even more important because of promises that NASA and many other privately funded space programs have made regarding their intent to land on the red planet; Mars. A renewed interest in the ‘Space Race’, this time to reach Mars instead of the moon, has been aroused by the current trend of suborbital tourism, whereby the world’s rich have opportunities to fly in cutting-edge aerospace planes to the very edge of the atmosphere.
But this won’t be a tourist destination for much longer. Low-orbital space may actually be occupied by lanes on which international charters will be flying people all over the world. New forms of space travel are being developed so that it can be utilised daily, commuting people between continents in minutes. Because of the money involved in the transportation and mining industries, the realm of space travel will definitely be seized by private corporations, replacing state-owned organisations as space travel’s primary benefactor.
However, for reasons such as ensuring the survival of the human race, exploration is the key to finding our next home among the stars. NASA is expected to work closely with other international government-run organisations so that we may go to Mars and beyond.