How to Colonize a New Planet

Now that scientists have discovered evidence of thousands of other planets, the next question is, obviously, how can we colonize them? Keep these considerations in mind to become a colonial power of galactic proportion.

You will need

  • Goldilocks planet
  • Speedy spaceships
  • Outer space fertility
  • Man-made biospheres
  • Terraforming

Step 1 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.

Step 2 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.

Step 3 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.

Step 4 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.

Step 5 Build housing Build housing — man-made biospheres that allow people to survive on the new planet by providing closed ecological systems.

Step 6 Start terraforming Start terraforming — changing the new planet’s environment so earthlings can live outside their biospheres. Then, try not to pollute it too soon!