Though a lot of the space-faring focus is on getting to the moon or Mars, would-be space tourists are still waiting for some semi-affordable trips into orbit. Now China is looking to step in and fill the void.
Whether it's lasers from Star Wars or "de-extinction" from Jurassic Park, science experiments of today often seem like they could just as easily be a plot point in the next Star Trek film or an experiment from an episode of Fringe.
Scientists obviously have a basic understanding of what it takes for life to exist (we have quite a bit of it to study here on Earth), but they’re starting to realize the playbook won’t work when you’re dealing with a place like Titan.
Stephen Hawking is a pretty smart guy, so when he starts musing about humanity’s place in the universe, it’s a pretty good idea to listen. Turns out, he worries humanity might be woefully unprepared when our future alien overlords arrive.