For millennia, Homo sapiens have looked up at the stars—but only recently have we started to consider what it will be like to live among them.
We already have the tools we need. It’s time to use them.
What object would you choose to send into space?
You might be a superb host to human guests, but if an alien showed up on your doorstep looking for some hospitality, would your usual offerings be enough?
Southerners who settled along the Amazon River after the Civil War stumbled upon rich soils for their plantations—but they also discovered an even richer past.
We usually think that exploration and settlement of outer space are all about technological innovation, but we’ll need more than that to do it right.