You might remember the iconic phrase “space, the final frontier”. Although it was first uttered back in 1966, a Missouri State University astronomer said the words still ring true today.

According to Mike Reed, there has been a big resurgence in sci-fi media about space travel.

“From more private companies doing rocket launches, more countries landing things on the moon, and, of course, more discovery from things like the James Webb (Space Telescope),” he said. “So, these have sort of come together to provide a new resurgence in the interest in space.”

Reed said “space, the final frontier” is still very true.

“What kind of planets are out there? Could they be inhabited? What kind of aliens could be out there? Combined with that, we have had missions to even our own solar system like the moons of Jupiter and Saturn,” said Reed. “Well, we now know there’s interior oceans of liquid water, which, again, brings that aspect of what could be living there? What’s there to be discovered?”

Planet Earth is gazing into the farther reaches of space thanks to the James Webb Space Telescope. According to NASA, the telescope can look so far into outer space that it can observe how the first known galaxies were formed. Reed said this brings upon a lot of excitement.

“With James Webb now peering all the way back to sort of the beginning of the universe, the first galaxies and things like that, again, we get this frontier of discovery,” he said. “We’re just on the verge of learning all these new things.”

He also credited the advancements in computer graphics and design adding an aspect of realism and immersion to newer television shows, books, movies, and video games about exploring ‘the final frontier’.

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