With the fast evolution of technology, will you send your child to study in Space?
Why not? Imagine meeting your childhood friend after an exceptionally long time. And you ask him/her: ‘where have you been ever since’? And bang, the response comes: ‘I now live up there in Space. I am on holiday visit to Planet Earth after an inspirational education experience!
Will it ever happen? Unless you don’t believe in Science and Technology – yes, it is happening now! Human beings are perpetually in motion in a greater part of their lifespan. Infact, we can be defined as a composite of movements encapsulated in speed, centrifugal force in flight from point to point to multi-points.
Talking about speed in motion, there was (in the analogue world) a time when a trip of 600 kilometres (Enugu) to Lagos takes about 3-4 days from departure to arrive at the destination!
But today, technology has changed all that.
We now live in a supersonic digital world and required to reimagine and disrupt everything, going forward. The lessons learned presents the assurances that if Nigerians can send their children abroad for a better education; the world billionaires would eventually send their children to Mars for a unique type of knowledge and future skill acquisition. Skills for Space work are already building up and being acquired in many laboratories on Earth.
Space tourism has commenced as Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic Space Machine leads the way to space experience in weightlessness! Therefore, 11th July 2021 will forever be written into the annals of history as the day the first commercial space travel happened. Now that the space has been opened for commercial flights at $200,000 per seat; the dream adventure has become a reality and unstoppable – thanks to technology. As we think aloud, we must acknowledge, that with human expectations, education cannot be left out of the equation of space travels.
Indeed, there are currently many institutions offering courses on Space exploration and related employment opportunities. Astonishingly, many of such courses and job opportunities are offered virtually online (the digital space). Sooner than later, many of the variations will be experienced physically in Space.
Let us break it down.
Not too long ago, Nigerians started sending their children to school abroad; especially to the United Kingdom, United States, Russia, Australia, Japan, etc. In November 2021, (about 96 years ago) the first Aircraft landed in Nigeria (that was British-Nigeria)! The history of Nigerian aviation will be incomplete without the mention ofMaiduguri andKano city, where the first aircraft landed in Nigeria on November 1, 1925. It was a phenomenal experience.
Available records reveal that ‘crowds had been out on the main road from Maiduguri to Kano from dawn looking up into the sky…People assembled in the towns on that road, coming in from considerable distances north and south’.
Fast-forward, against all odds, it would be naïve to question the possibility of educational and/or religious institutions in Space (Mars especially).
That said, due to the change in gravity (caused by weightlessness in space); our physical body requires new food intake and metabolism as it undergoes tremendous changes. This requires new adaptation, new type of medical attention and abundant excises. A new type of construction engineering will emerge – indeed, already emerging at many space research Labs. All these would be propelled and conditioned by technology which translate to new future of work, skills, and experience. The motion exerted by technology is rapidly changing our world and opening other new possibilities to human existence.
Should we (Nigeria/Africa) be sitting, resting, and watching while others are conquering Space; applying the knowledge of science and technology in-motion? Informed by Sir Isaac Newton’s Law, ‘an object at rest remains at rest, and an object in motion remains in motion at constant speed and in a straight line unless acted on by an unbalanced force. Newton’s first law states that every object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless compelled to change its state by the action of an external force. This tendency to resist changes in a state of motion is inertia’.
Today, the three laws espoused by Newton are still influencing human development; including the Law of relativity as modified after 200 years. The law of relativity affirms that everything is neutral, everything is relative, and that it is humans who attach meaning and emotions to experiences. A typical example is the racial divide of black and white – whereas no one is either white or black. It is a relative abstraction! An absolute emotional expression by a state of the mind.
Perhaps, the race to space will enforce our imagination to act and think without the box. In other words, is the current amount of science and technology infusion in our national development trajectory sufficient? Doubtful. There is an urgent need for an overhaul if f we must belong to the new world blazing ahead of us. To do this, we must retool and disrupt the current structures of our education, governance, and the environment in compliance with digital transformation agenda.
Now, take a deep breath for this.
If I tell you that e-Commerce is going to Mars and indeed, that a serial entrepreneur like Dr. Leo Stan Ekeh is laying a grandmaster vision to ensure that Konga becomes the e-Commerce out of Africa to deliver space medications to space dwellers through Konga Health logistics infrastructure, what will you say? Impossible, yes, he can or yes, he is on it. After all, he is the man who always anticipate the future.
As earlier stated, it used to take about four (4) days to travel the 600 kilometres from Enugu to Lagos by car. Today, same distance takes less than five hours by vehicular motion and less than 60 minutes by air. With advanced technologies, future travels within planet Earth and from Earth to Mars or Moon would just be magical to state the least. Think again, school children would study in Mars and fly back to Earth for holidays.
Will Nigeria/Africa ever be part of the race to and life in Space?
The answer is ‘YES’.
For this and many other reasons Nigeria/Africa needs to retool and rebrand herself for Space.