Astronomer Chris Impey examines the possibilities of the universe in his new book Beyond. He was interviewed on National Public Radio's "Fresh Air," on May 11.
(Image Source: Rick Guidice / NASA Ames Research Center )
The possibility of humans colonizing outer space may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but British astronomer Chris Impey says that if the U.S. were pumping more money into the space program, the sci-fi fantasy would be well on its way to reality.
Impey says the possibility of humans living in space is very real. And if — or when — it happens, the space settlers will face conditions that may cause them to become an entirely new species.
"They'll evolve physiologically quite quickly, because if the gravity is less — as it would be on Mars or the moon — then they will change," Impey says. "Their physical bodies will change even while they're alive. And then if they have children and grandchildren — then they'll change even more."
Impey is a faculty member at the University of Arizona and the author of Beyond: Our Future in Space. In his previous book, Humble Before the Void, Impey recounted his journey to Northern India to teach a program designed to introduce science into the Tibetan Buddhist monastic tradition.
More & Radio Interview Highlights:
Link >>> http://www.npr.org/2015/05/11/405503895/the-great-beyond-contemplating-life-sex-and-elevators-in-space
Excerpt from Professor Impey's book, Beyond: Our Future in Space:
Link >>> http://www.npr.org/books/titles/405503900/beyond-our-future-in-space?tab=excerpt#excerpt
Source: National Public Radio.
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