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Posted 06 September 2012 - 10:37 AM
The 100 Year Starship Project is aimed at developing interstellar space flight within the next century.
Discovery News said:
The light-years between the stars is vast -- a seemingly insurmountable quarantine that cuts our solar system off from the rest of the galaxy. But to a growing number of interstellar enthusiasts -- and a former U. S. president -- interstellar distances may not be as insurmountable as they seem.
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Posted 06 September 2012 - 12:35 PM
It is about time. I would have thought that this type of think tank had been established decades ago. Now is better than later, especially with the discovery of many rocky planets within the habitable zones of stars, providing that the planets have suitable conditions for human colonization. Here's hoping that this think tank makes great strides.
Until we can do a few other things such as permanent bases on the moon or orbital drydocks, mining other planets and asteroids for materials...the list really goes on and on, I just don't see the point. But I guess contemplating how we will do it can't hurt. Although if you go to youtube and and search for talks by phsicists on this very subject you'll see that paying a think tank to work on this is a waste since so many great minds have already thought long and hard on this one.
Awesome news with space finally! I would love for this topic to be taken seriously, I actually really wish this was the goal of our whole planet, with countries pumping money into the exploration of space.
Hey, I'm not wrong. I'm just not completely right.
Posted 07 September 2012 - 03:55 AM
We can do interstellar travel now, if we wanted to. It is only a matter of how long it will take to get there. The nearest star with a known planet I think is like 10 light years away, so with a constant accelleation nuclear ion drive (which we could build today), it would probably take like 300 or more years to get there. (Maybe someone has better numbers?) So... most people consider that to be too long. It would take what is called a Generational Ship, with a breeding population on board and education to teach the new generations to take over for the older ones.
But, it is well within what humans could do today, and in my opinion we should be doing it already.
I do agree though that first we should put resources toward fixing the world we have, so that we can afford to fund and support such a project.
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:09 PM
spud the mackem, on 07 September 2012 - 03:57 PM, said:
I would guess that you have to have "ports" at each end,so we should tell the guys at the other end to start building one so we can visit
And to also rewrite physics as it is currently known.
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