Douglas Chase, Staff Writer

Us humans need to learn more about our universe. We need to commit to long term exploration of our galaxy and other galaxies. 

The universe is a vast amount of planets and stars. Most of the universe is theorized to be dark energy and dark matter.  The three main components of the universe are dark energy, dark matter, and visible matter, but only 6% of all visible matter in the universe is  reachable. That 6% is the only amount of universe that we can reach. The universe is huge but we are still losing approximately 160 billion stars and star systems each year, which is enough to make a small galaxy. Every time we lose some star systems we might be losing vital information about other civilizations if there are any. 

The only way we will be able to explore our universe is to figure out a way to colonize planets and large moons with similar gravity and atmosphere. The only issue is that our planet is a wreck. If we move on to another planet it will most likely turn into a mess as well. After we figure out the earth problem we will need to be able to move across the galaxy through either wormholes or very fast and efficient engines that can move ships faster than light. But     Body of water near a mountain under a starry night.

According to physicist Albert Einstein’s theory of special relativity, on which much of modern physics is based, nothing in the universe can travel faster than light. The theory states that as matter approaches the speed of light, the matter’s mass becomes infinite. That means the speed of light functions as a speed limit on the whole universe. The speed of light is so immutable that, according to the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, it is used to define international standard measurements like the meter. That means that we cannot go faster than the speed of light. So, it tells us that we have to make a ship that acts as a colony, carrying people and scientists across the galaxy to new worlds. Of course we would have to research that planet and see if it is habitable enough so humans could reform the atmosphere into something livable enough to build civilization up again. But between here and there we would explore and map out resources for later use. Build up new homes and create new life for our species.