In 1977, L. Stephen Wolfe and Roy L. Wysack published Handbook for Space Pioneers and conceived of the Galactic Association of Intelligent Life (GAIL). The book depicts how the Earth Branch of GAIL (GAILE), would manage the pioneering program of humankind to exoplanets that could sustain human life. At the time the book was published, astronomers had not discovered physical evidence of planets orbiting other stars.
In light of recent NASA discoveries of ‘extra solar systems’ and exoplanets in habitable zones as shown in Kepler Candidate Statistics, the authors of Handbook for Space Pioneers and creators of the “Galactic Association of Intelligent Life” (GAIL) have decided to re-publish Handbook for Space Pioneers online for free to share with those who want to visualize how exciting exoplanet colonization could be. We are naming this project the GAILE Exoplanet Pioneering Project, and are using the website GAILearth.com to be the place holder of our content and yours. We want to see this GAILearth.com site become a worldwide cooperative science fiction project where creative people can contribute their ideas about what life on exoplanets might be like when we get there.
To that end we need contributions from artists, engineers, architects, map-makers, 3D modelers, scientists, and writers who want to create life, living spaces, and natural environments that people might find on exoplanets. If you’d like to participate or just see what we’re creating, look at our ideas for settling exoplanets on this website, and send us yours!
We feel that this this is the perfect time to reintroduce our original ideas and solicit new ones. In 2018, NASA and MIT will use the new satellite system TESS, to pick up where the Kepler missions left off. TESS is expected to collect 10 times as much data during its two-year mission as Kepler did during its first two years. Read more about the TESS goal to find terrestrial planets in the habitable zones of nearby star systems here.