| Wandering Earth: Could We Move Our Planet ?
Would it really be possible to physically move our entire planet to a different orbit using giant thrusters? In the Chinese science fiction movie 'The Wandering Earth', humanity attempts to avoid a collision with Jupiter by using thrusters to move our planet out of the way. But just how feasible is this idea ? Space systems engineer Matteo Ceriotti lays down the facts in an article on The Conversation: In the Chinese science fiction film The Wandering Earth, recently released on Netflix, humanity attempts to change the Earth's orbit using enormous thrusters in order to escape the expanding sun - and prevent a collision with Jupiter. The scenario may one day come true. In five billion years, the sun will run out of fuel and expand, most likely engulfing the Earth. A more immediate threat is a global warming apocalypse. Moving the Earth to a wider orbit could be a solution - and it is possible in theory. But how could we go about it and what are the engineering challenges? For the sake