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The discovery of the first potentially habitable earth-like planet raises questions about humanity’s future in interstellar space. Will we, in fact, “explore strange new worlds” and “seek out new life and new civilizations?” In my previous post I suggested that discovery of habitable, earth-like planets may give us the impetus to begin serious manned exploration of interstellar space.
That’s assuming we have the technology. But then, wanting to go badly enough will play a large role in how and whether we ever develop the technology. If we do ever travel to the stars, which of the reasons listed below do you think is most likely to be our primary motivation to do so? We’d like to know what you think. Please chime in via the survey and comments below.