Destiny of Your Descendants
There are about one hundred billion planetary systems in the Milky Way Galaxy awaiting exploration. Many of them are achingly beautiful.
A few of these systems are hospitable for the Humans, and most appear hostile.
In some worlds there are many stars in the daytime sky and many moons in the heavens at night. Some moons are so close that their planet looms high in the heavens, covering half the sky. In some other worlds great particle ring systems are soaring from horizon to horizon. And some worlds look out onto a vast gaseous nebula, the remains of an ordinary star that once was and is no longer.
In the future, in all those skies, rich in distant and exotic constellations, the Human will always remember a faint yellow star - perhaps barely seen by the naked eye, perhaps visible only through the telescope… the home star of the fleet of interstellar transports exploring this tiny region of the great Milky Way Galaxy.
You will venture to the stars. Your first survey ships to Alpha Centauri and Barnard’s Star, Sirius and Tau Ceti will be followed by great fleets of interstellar transports. First under construction in Earth orbit - unmanned survey ships, they will develop into liners for immigrants, immense trading ships to plow the seas of space. On all these ships there will be symbols and writing of your mother planet.
Yes, you are not yet certain how many planetary systems there are in your galaxy, but let’s assure you that there is a great abundance of them (even if your immediate vicinity, there is not just one, but in a sense four systems: Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus each has a satellite system that, in the relative sizes and spacings of the moons, resembles closely the planets about the Sun).
Extrapolation of the statistics of double stars which are greatly disparate in mass suggests that almost all single stars like the Sun should have planetary companions. Image: © Megan Jorgensen
It is a lovely phantasy, to explore those worlds that never were. Image: © Megan Jorgensen
The destiny of our descendants and their fate, if any, lies among the stars. Image: © Megan Jorgensen
Some moons are so close that their planets loom high in the heavens, covering half the sky and great particle ring systems are soaring from horizon to horizon.I mage by © Megan Jorgensen