Living Universe is an interstellar adventure that seeks to answer the most profound question of all: are we alone? Based on the latest scientific knowledge, we take a journey to a planet beyond our solar system in search of life.
We ask the world’s leading space scientists what we might find if we travel to a neighboring star system. Recent breakthroughs have proven that every star we see in the sky is orbited by at least one planet, many similar to our own Earth. How do we get to these “exoplanets”? Once there, what will we find? And what will it mean for humanity when we discover we are not alone?
Our speculative journey through space is set 150 years in the future – when we have the technology to journey well beyond our solar system. On this first expedition, our interstellar star ship will be piloted not by astronauts, but by the artificial intelligence (A.I.) we call Artemis. We imagine how Artemis travels through space, on its 50-year journey, at twenty percent of the speed of light. Its objective is Minerva B, a planet much like our own, with an atmosphere, temperature and liquid water that appears a likely candidate to contain life.
Inspired and informed by our rapidly developing knowledge of far-off worlds, our best scientists – including NASA engineers, astrophysicists and astronomers – we will discover that this amazing journey is not only possible, it is inevitable. To venture into distant space is our destiny.