Mae Jemison is trying to save life on Earth by tricking us into thinking we’re planning for deep-space travel

Mae Jemison likes to point out that when H.G. Wells wrote The First Men on the Moon in 1901, humans could barely fly planes. Less than 100 years later, people were indeed walking on the moon. To Jemison, that leaves humanity with no excuses. We can figure out how to travel to another star in the next 100 years. It’s just a matter of will.

Jemison, a chemical engineer, physician, former NASA astronaut, and the first black woman to go to space, has personally experienced what happens when...

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