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You Will Need
- Goldilocks planet
- Speedy spaceships
- Outer space fertility
- Man-made biospheres
Target a Goldilocks planet
Target a planet in the so-called Goldilocks zone -- close enough to a sun so temperatures are neither too hot nor too cold but just right. This ensures that water would be available in liquid form.
Figure out how to get there
Figure out how to get there in this lifetime -- most planets are light years away. Circumventing the speed of light would be a good start.
Pick an uninhabited one
If possible, pick an uninhabited land. It's much easier to colonize a new planet without any alien life forms who could very well outsmart and overpower earthlings.
Protect human fertilization
Protect human fertilization. Scientists investigating the feasibility of colonizing Mars found that high levels of radiation in space would make pregnancy problematic. And negative population growth makes a planet pretty hard to colonize.
Build housing -- man-made biospheres that allow people to survive on the new planet by providing closed ecological systems.
Start terraforming -- changing the new planet's environment so earthlings can live outside their biospheres. Then, try not to pollute it too soon!