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The Last Four Hundred Years Essay

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At the turn of the century, it was apparent that we, the human race, could no longer continue at the rate we were going. At several billion people, we were rapidly multiplying at an exponential rate. Scientists declared an international emergency because of drastic depleation of natural resources. It became obvious that in a few decades the continuation of the human way of life would be impossible if we did not find a solution to our problem. We needed more space for our species, and something with which to nourish them and keep them alive.
Scientists began project 420, code named MIGRATE, in 2005. The objective of this effort was to explore then universe in which we live in search of a decent living environment for our future generations. In year 2020, a three-hundred ton missile was launched into space carrying ten scientists, two computer programmers, one archeologist, fifty military officers and soldiers, two mathmaticians, and two language experts (fluent in fourteen languages or more) from each major country: the USA, Belgium, Russia, Japan, China, England, Italy, and Israel. Ample food and fuel was also on board to sustain all of them for the maximum possible length of the trip: four-hundred years. This trip length is only possible due to the reduction of aging when travelling at speeds faster than that of light. Using cold-dysprosiate-fusion (discovered: 2003), the scientists would travel at 13.7 times the speed of light and be able to explore the outer reaches of the milky-way spiral, and small sections of nearby galaxies.
An amazing discovery was found during this trip. It is approximated to have occured between years 2230 and 2250, but it is impossible to say exactly when because of the time warping during space-travel. The state-of-the-art communications and radar equipment contained on board the Bodega-420 space ship picked up broken radio waves that appeared to be bouncing off of a nearby comet. They traced the gamma-waves to an enormous planet with approximately six-hundred times the mass, and eighty-one times the surface area as Earth. It appeared to be dotted with small civililizations, quite different from those of the human species, but also appeared to be covered in plants and water much similar to those of Earth. The spaceship went stealth and landed, undetected, on the surface of this alien planet, some five-hundred kilometers from any...

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