Living anywhere in our Solar System beyond Earth will require the same level of protection that an astronaut needs while walking in space.
It seems clear that the colonisation of Mars is not so much a matter of “will it happen?” as “when will it happen?”
Thousands of people could be living in floating space colonies orbiting the Earth in 20 years' time, according to a British Interplanetary Society expert.
Robots and AI will remain at the forefront of space exploration, with virtual reality allowing us to participate in their exploration.
What will humans look like in the distant future? Space travel may may affect both biological and technological changes in our species.
If you can synthesize DNA faster, then you can conduct more experiments and learn faster. That’s what I’d like to see. More people programming life.
NASA has turned to the fast-moving world of gene therapy to solve several potential medical issues facing astronauts on lengthy space missions.
The same synthetic biology technologies that will help sustain us on Earth will also support our journey to inhabit the stars.
America is going back to the Moon, but we should be pushing further out into the solar system - and we have the technology today.
Synthetic biology will become indispensable to establish a long-term human presence off-Earth, namely colonization.