A 23rd-century travel guide to the galaxy
For 23rd century adventurers, only the biggest, boldest and most spectacular destinations will do.
For eons, humans were tied to a single planet. But the perfection of electromagnetic, or EM, training in the 2100s will usher in a new era of interplanetary and interstellar travel. Humans will finally be able to boldly go where no biological tourist has gone before. To prepare future generations for this awe-inspiring new era, we are proud to present this first speculative version of our “23rd Century Travel Guide to the Galaxy for Extreme and Casual Human Tourists”.
Let’s start with literally the biggest destination next door. Previous generations have rushed to the increasingly crowded peaks of peaks like Everest and Denali. In the 2200s, new Martian bases developed by SpaceXtreme will allow interplanetary mountaineers to visit the geological summit of the solar system by climbing the 25 kilometers high (16 miles, or nearly 85,000 feet) volcano, Olympus Mons. The largest volcano in the area is not only high, it also occupies an area on the Red Planet roughly the same size as Arizona, which just happens to be one of the places on Earth that most closely resembles March.
Make sure to bring plenty of extra oxygen on this Martian hike and watch out for quicksand on sunny slopes!
Originally published February 19, 2016. Update, February 26, 2019, 9:35 a.m. PT: Added more photos to the gallery.