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Even if you are not a Star Trek fan, the phrase “space, the final frontier” is sure to strike a chord. Spoken by Patrick Stewart at the beginning of almost all the 178 episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” it came to stand for all of humanity’s aspirations of leaving behind the home planet and expanding into the galaxy.

Believe it or not, our generation will probably kick into motion the events and technologies that will ultimately lead to this outcome. Sure, humanity got a taste of what’s beyond our planet during the space race of decades ago, but that was only fueled by several nations’ desire to best their opponents for political and military gains.

This time is different. Sure, governments are still involved, but for the first time in history, so are private companies. These are the entities space expansion badly needed to get a significant boost in advancement and scope. SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin are just the most prominent of the probably hundreds of companies fighting to advance their own goals, and ultimately the world’s, when it comes to space exploration.

It is during our lifetime that humanity will once again reach for the Moon by sending their best and brightest up there. From there, it’s on to Mars and possibly even further. It is during our lifetime that we’ll see a spacecraft returning with samples of an asteroid, and another one with pieces taken from Mars.

It’s not long until civilians will take trips up to the edge of space, or visit a space-station resort, or buy one-way tickets to Mars, the place where, if we’re lucky, we’ll begin building settlements by the end of the century.

We know you’ve heard all this before. Dreams of a better future, with people working together to expand humanity’s control over other planets. Dreams of space tourism, off-world cities, spaceships, and space stations. Dreams that never came to be.

But this time, these are more than just dreams. They are plans, backed by state and private entities, most of them already in motion. Plans that will, without a doubt, come to pass.

Still don’t believe us? Then, make sure to keep an eye out on autoevolution in April. It’s Space Month here, and we’re ready to show you how and why the future our grandparents dreamed about is here, now.

Editor's note: This special feature by autoevolution was not sponsored or supported by a third-party.
Jeff Bezos to Start Selling First Seats on New Shepard Spacecraft on May 5
Jeff Bezos to Start Selling First Seats on New Shepard Spacecraft on May 5

30 Apr 2021, 13:48 UTC / Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin to begin taking reservations for seats on the New Shepard space capsule, full details come on May 5

 
SLS Rocket Core Stage Arrives at Kennedy, Looks Absolutely Huge Next to Cars
SLS Rocket Core Stage Arrives at Kennedy, Looks Absolutely Huge Next to Cars

30 Apr 2021, 09:14 UTC / The Boeing core stage of the Space Launch Systems arrives at the Kennedy Space Center, where it will be paired with the rest of the components

 
60 Other Starlink Satellites Reach Orbit to Blind Earth Scientists Some More
60 Other Starlink Satellites Reach Orbit to Blind Earth Scientists Some More

29 Apr 2021, 15:40 UTC / SpaceX deployes an extra set of 60 Starlink satellites in orbit, scientists are increasingly complaining that they cause issues with their observations

 
China Starts Building Huge Space Station in Orbit, Launches Core Module
China Starts Building Huge Space Station in Orbit, Launches Core Module

29 Apr 2021, 09:37 UTC / On April 29, China launched the core module of what is to become its first crewed space station, plans to have it ready by the end of next year

 
MMA-Zero G Reality Show Takes MMA Fights to Space for Galactic Combat
MMA-Zero G Reality Show Takes MMA Fights to Space for Galactic Combat

29 Apr 2021, 08:40 UTC / The entertainment industry shows there’s another side to space exploration Elon Musk hadn’t thought about it: MMA fights in zero gravity

 
You Can’t Keep Rocket or Space Debris If It Lands in Your Yard in Florida
You Can’t Keep Rocket or Space Debris If It Lands in Your Yard in Florida

29 Apr 2021, 06:05 UTC / House Bill 221 is passed by lawmakers with backing from SpaceX, forcing finders to return space debris to the owner or face charges

 
Next Year, We’re Sending JUICE to Jupiter in Search of Water
Next Year, We’re Sending JUICE to Jupiter in Search of Water

28 Apr 2021, 15:21 UTC / The European Space agency will begin vacuum testing of the JUpiter ICy moons Explorer spacecraft, launch scheduled for 2022

 
UK Launches Hunt for 15 Trees Grown From Seeds That Went to the Moon
UK Launches Hunt for 15 Trees Grown From Seeds That Went to the Moon

28 Apr 2021, 14:19 UTC / The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) ask for public help in finding at least 15 trees that came from seeds that once went to the Moon

 
SpaceX Crew-1 Astronauts Will Return Home on May 1, and You Can Watch It LIVE
SpaceX Crew-1 Astronauts Will Return Home on May 1, and You Can Watch It LIVE

28 Apr 2021, 13:11 UTC / NASA will LIVE broadcast the return to Earth of the astronauts from the SpaceX Crew-1 mission. The return will take place on Saturday, 1 May.

 
There’s a Mars Rover Hiding in This Photo Taken by the Mars Helicopter
There’s a Mars Rover Hiding in This Photo Taken by the Mars Helicopter

28 Apr 2021, 08:15 UTC / The Ingenuity helicopter took a number of photos during its last flight on Mars, and in one of them, the Perseverance rover can be seen

 
This All-White Luxury Home Looks Like a Spaceship and a Prison Made a Fancy Baby
This All-White Luxury Home Looks Like a Spaceship and a Prison Made a Fancy Baby

27 Apr 2021, 14:00 UTC / Living here would be a hilarious challenge, but it would still be more interesting than living in a regular house due to the strong space vibes

 
Russian Luna 25 Launch in October Could Beat Americans to the Moon’s South Pole
Russian Luna 25 Launch in October Could Beat Americans to the Moon’s South Pole

27 Apr 2021, 13:14 UTC / Russian Roscosmos says the Luna 25 hardware should be ready for takeoff in September, one month before the launch window to the Moon opens

 
NASA Interstellar Probe to Fly Further Into Deep Space Than Ever Before
NASA Interstellar Probe to Fly Further Into Deep Space Than Ever Before

27 Apr 2021, 08:48 UTC / NASA and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab plan to launch the Interstellar Probe, a spacecraft that aims to reach the heliosphere boundary in 15 years.

 
Humans Can Now 3D Print Structures on the Moon Using Local Lunar Materials
Humans Can Now 3D Print Structures on the Moon Using Local Lunar Materials

27 Apr 2021, 08:45 UTC / A group of students, ICON, and MMPACT has figured out how to 3D print reusable structures suitable for the Moon using lunar materials

 
NASA Is Playing Asteroid Impact Games to See How the World Would React
NASA Is Playing Asteroid Impact Games to See How the World Would React

27 Apr 2021, 08:11 UTC / NASA, JPL, and ESA come together in Vienna to develop another response scenario in case of high chance of asteroid impact

 
Jeff Bezos Is Upset About NASA Lunar Lander Deal, Elon Musk Is Childish
Jeff Bezos Is Upset About NASA Lunar Lander Deal, Elon Musk Is Childish

27 Apr 2021, 06:06 UTC / Blue Origin is contesting NASA’s decision to award a $2.9 billion contract to SpaceX for the Artemis Lunar lander, Musk is trolling

 
Super Pink Moon Will Shine Bright for Three Nights in a Row
Super Pink Moon Will Shine Bright for Three Nights in a Row

26 Apr 2021, 19:48 UTC / The first Super Pink Moon will shine bright on Monday, April 26th, at 11:32 p.m. EDT so get your cameras ready because the event will last for about three days.

 
Viral Instagram Video Shows How Small the Space Station Is Compared to the Moon
Viral Instagram Video Shows How Small the Space Station Is Compared to the Moon

26 Apr 2021, 15:15 UTC / How big is the moon compared to the Space Station? This video captures the ISS while passing by the moon in a few hundredths of a second.

 
World’s Most Powerful Rocket Heading for the Kennedy Space Center
World’s Most Powerful Rocket Heading for the Kennedy Space Center

26 Apr 2021, 14:11 UTC / NASA begins moving the core stage of the Space Launch System from Mississippi to Florida; from there, it will take off as Artemis I at the end of the year

 
Ingenuity Moves Faster Over Mars Than It Ever Did on Earth
Ingenuity Moves Faster Over Mars Than It Ever Did on Earth

26 Apr 2021, 12:41 UTC / The Ingenuity helicopter flew on Mars for the third time, and this time, it managed to reach a top speed of around 4.5 mph (7.2 kph)