Looking ahead, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center imagined how manned flights might one day be more common, transporting humans to faraway places in our solar system, and even further afield.
Goddard’s video posted online offers a fascinating look at what kind of wild space adventures could happen many years from now. The team behind the video imagines communities living on the Moon and Mars, and a wild space tourism ride to places like Enceladus, Saturn’s sixth largest moon.
And just when you think it couldn’t get any crazier, a “space kayaker” is shown paddling the oceans of a distant moon, while a skydiver is seen hurtling toward exoplanet HD 40307 g.
“At NASA, our mission is exploration,” Goddard said in a message accompanying the video.
“We visit destinations in our own solar system and study other worlds to better understand the big questions. How did we get here? Where are we heading? Are we alone and Goddard reminds us that while robotic explorers have toured our solar system for decades, but the only place outside Earth where humans have stood It’s the moon, and that’s also the next place we’ll send astronauts, but not the last.
While humans have not yet visited Mars, we plan to add boot prints to the rover’s tire tracks there now.”
Looking far into the future, Goddard wants us to imagine what life might be like one day, although he admits that with the technology currently available, the adventures depicted in the video seem “fantasy”, and we don’t know how far Earth’s generations will travel from now.