Space has been a hunting ground for many scientists and exoplanet finders. Everyone is in search of extraterrestrial life outside our planet. As per the latest report, a scientist is claiming to seed another solar system with life if everything goes according to his plan. Yes, a theoretical physicist named Claudius Gros of the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany has come up with a new proposal which could eventually make planets present in other solar systems habitable. The name of his plan is Genesis Project.
The Genesis Project is almost equivalent to another interstellar mission called “Breakthrough Starshot” but, with a twist. Breakthrough Starshot is an ambitious project through which scientists are planning to reach Earth’s neighboring star system Alpha Centauri (almost 4.3 light years away from Earth) within just 20 years. The Genesis project is based on the same platform as it also uses star shot technology in which a laser propulsion system is used to speed up a rocket to up to one-fifth the speed of light. But the interesting feature of this Genesis Project is that it can push the tiny spacecraft beyond Alpha Centauri. That means the Genesis Project has eyed on TRAPPIST-1 which is believed to host seven Earth-like planets out of which three believed to possess habitable environment.
Both Alpha Centauri and TRAPPIST-1 are believed to be the best possible option to search for regarding extraterrestrial or the ability to be habitable. But for Gros, TRAPPIST-1 Carries a greater possibility of making life possible on it.
The Genesis Project wants to do more than just blow through a system at top speed. In this project, the spacecraft is supposed to slow down and drop cargo on the planets of TRAPPIST-1. But the main obstacle is the distance. The TRAPPIST-1 is nearly 39 light years away from Earth that means, for a small 1.5 ton spacecraft to travel so far and stay around long enough to dump its cargo, it would take roughly around to 12,000 years to reach the seven planets. Surely, Gros does not think about achieving this mission practically as of now. But he wants that life should spread beyond our earth. Maybe when genesis project reaches its destination, human civilization might have become vanished, but at that time the project would have dropped the seed of life or the building blocks of life on those potentially habitable planets.
“Personally, I think life is beautiful. We should give it a chance to flourish, even if we never see the result. But for those who think we need to do interstellar projects for human benefit, Genesis is the only one that lets humans play an active part in the cosmos,” stated Gros ins statement. He further added, “It is a question of if humans really want to change part of our cosmos actively, or do we want to just observe passively? The Genesis Project gives humans a chance to leave a legacy.” Whatever may be the outcome of this futuristic project but we should salute this noble thinking of Gros regarding expansion of life beyond earth.