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Immortality Through Space Travel

Some futurists and entrepreneurial industrialists tout a mission to Mars as the first step to the preserving the human race. Elon Musk effectively referred to Mars colonization as a "backup drive" for civilization ("Elon Musk: We Need to Leave Earth as Soon as Possible," Business Insider, Oct. 10, 2015).

What challenges are posed by a journey to Mars of around nine months each way?

Much has been learned about the barriers to long space voyages from astronauts spending extended time in earth orbit. Here are a few of the challenges as detailed by NASA:

Does all of this amount to some kind of divine prohibition for interplanetary human travel? Humanity has overcome many challenges in the past regarding aviation, deep-sea diving and other seemingly unsurmountable barriers.

C.S. Lewis once stated: "Let's pray that the human race never escapes from Earth to spread its iniquity elsewhere." With the present considerable barrier to human space travel, one can wonder whether God has already taken care of that in the short term.

But remarkably, God has much more in store for humanity. He intends for us to ultimately inherit the entire universe! Be sure to read our free study guide Why Were You Born? to learn more .

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