One hundred years ago today, it was announced that the earth would be depleted of nutrients within the next 60 years. The continual deforestation, and burning of the ozone layer would strip the earth of all the necessary oxygen, we as humans are so dependent on. And thus a search began for the best possible way to either stop the destruction of the earth, or replace it.
Research did not being in earnest until the bees died. As we know now, bees are crucial for the production of food. The depletion of nutrients quickly became the driving force behind the search for a solution, and the general public were clamoring for a quick and easy solution. Cue astrobiologists, Kent McGee and Jen Ward. They claimed to have found a planet in the habitable zone of the nearby star system, Alpha Centauri. The planet, named after Earth because of its original similarities, seemed to be the best solution for our dying planet.
McGee and Ward’s search for habitable planets had been going on for a while, and luckily they had results in the nick of time. The planet, found in orbit around Alpha Centauri B, was assumed non-existent because its orbit was constantly shadowed by the other stars in the system. What the planet was previously unable to be viewed, new technology allowed McGee and Ward to not only locate the planet, but determine its atmospheric makeup. The most surprising factor about the planet was just how closely it resembled the Earths. Levels of Carbon, Nitrogen, and Oxygen were almost identical with the only discrepancy being that there was a substantial amount of Argon also present in the atmosphere.
After the initial discovery of the planet, a probe was sent to its surface to judge the terrestrial features of it. The probe sent back images of wide open land with rock formations as well as large bodies of fresh water. Soil samples also showed the presence of Argon consuming microbes, though no other signs of life were detected.
Scientists quickly decided that this new planet, dubbed Earth 2.0 to be the best solution to the increasingly detrimental health of the earth, but the question still remained about how to get there. Enter, John Fletcher. During the excitement surrounding the discovery of Earth 2.0, he had been developing a new type of fuel that would allow space craft to travel close to the speed of light. The energy source Fletcher used was Dark Matter. Previous attempts to utilize the same method were unsuccessful, yet Fletcher designed a new conductor and containment unit called a reenergizer. Somehow he made it all work without the explosions that prevailed with others attempts to harness such an unpredictable source of energy. Once Fletcher’s designs and theories regarding Dark Matter were proven reliable, his solution was announced to the world. Fletcher, once a relatively unknown member of the scientific community quickly found himself to be a house hold name.
These seemingly independent ideas sparked great excitement. Suddenly with Fletchers new fuel source, travel to different planets did not seem so unattainable and McGee and Ward had the answer to how they reach their new planet.
NASA and other space programs around the world, decided that combining the two new ideas would be the best way to solve the problem of running out of natural resources. So engineers began building a serviceable model rocket that had the ability to use the new dark energy source as well as survive the five year journey to Earth 2.0. The UN also decided to combine the forces behind each country in order to produce the best possible results with the new rocket. So, the world united to build the intricate new rocket.
While the rocket was being built, astrobiologists from around the world continued to study the new planet. The studies showed that while Earth 2.0 could sustain life, Humans would have to take it there in the first place. This lead the rocket scientists to attempt to determine how to safely transport everything a new planet could possibly need in terms of a food source, while still keeping the rocket light enough to travel uninterrupted for five years.
Subsequently, the rocket was designed to house four astronauts comfortably along with supplies for the journey both there and back. It was a monumental project and true engineering feat. It took over three hundred workers to ensure that every available inch of space was used efficiently and that the DM capacitor would function properly for both the journey to Earth 2.0 and back. Because the new rocket fuel could be recycled through the reenergizer. Because there was no need for extra storage for continual energy, the engineers were allowed to have more space for provisions, thus ensuring adequate preparation for all astronauts on the long journey away from home.
The construction took time and after eight years with the astronauts for the mission carefully chosen, and after all the preparations were ready, were sent off to see for themselves if Earth 2.0 was truly capable of supporting human life. When they finally reached the planet, they were pleasantly surprised to find that it met their expectations. Not only was the air almost exactly similar to Earth’s atmosphere, the land was fertile when they attempted to grow plants on the surface. However, they also quickly found out that the sun never really set. Because of Alpha Centauri A and Alpha Centauri B are located closely together, darkness only registered for about an hour. Despite that and other differences, the astronauts agreed that Earth 2.0 would make a lovely home with a bit of effort.
When the astronauts completed all the tests they could about the potential habitability of the planet, which ended up taking about one and a half earth years, they returned to their rocket to head home with plenty of information to share with Earth about their future home.
When they arrived, almost twelve years later and pronounced the planet habitable, the world let up a cheer. With only forty years left before the total depletion of Earth’s nutrients, Scientists quickly continued their work in order to find the most efficient way to relocate the people of earth with as little trouble as possible. A select few were chosen to start the first civilization on Earth 2.0 and were sent with seeds and enough supplies for at least four years until more shipments of supplies and people could be sent to the planet. The rocket also contained materials in order to build houses as well as scientific instruments in order to more fully understand all the intricacies of their newfound home. The original and all subsequent studies of the planet by the first men on the planet showed promising reports of excellent atmospheric conditions and nutrient rich land.
That belief was soon proven true and reports from the first colonizers stated that the original plants that the astronauts plated were growing spectacularly well. And thus, with continued success reported back from those on Earth 2.0 and the ever increasing fast paced advancement in physics and other sciences, the inhabitants of Earth were ready to begin their trek into the cosmos.
Bringing with them all that they could possibly need to start again on their new home, Earth 2.0 began to thrive. All of the advancements made during the frantic search for a new home also served to be quite useful when starting from scratch on a new planet. Dark Energy reenergizers, as well as devices that can create anything you tell them to, helped create structures and power for Earth 2.0’s new residents.
So now, on this historic day thirty years after the first colony was established on Earth 2.0 we see the fruits of our last one hundred years of labor. There is now a successful and flourishing community on Earth 2.0. There is a thriving business market as well as a continued eagerness to expand our knowledge of the universe that is now at our finger tips. Now that we are settled in our new home, many wish to see what else lies in our reach.
Also, scientists have discovered that with the nutrients of Earth no longer being taken for granted, the planet is beginning to flourish once again. Who knows, we may be able to go back to the place that started our progression into space in the first place.
Looking back, the road to living on a new planet was not easy. It took a lot of people a lot of hard work in order to keep all the citizens alive and well. Though hopefully we know better than to deplete another planet’s nutrients, scientists are already searching for another planet that could suit our needs if we ever have need of it. Surely, there are not only two habitable planets in the entire galaxy. Perhaps, if we are lucky, we may just find a planet with its own life forms to increase our undoubtedly limited knowledge of life outside of humans. One way or another, the human race is undoubtedly on it’s way to the next big adventure.