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Which solar system should we visit first ?

Posted on Thursday, 6 October, 2011 | Comment icon 46 comments | News tip by: Persia


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If mankind were to develop interstellar space travel, where in the galaxy should we go first ?

It's a question that has been discussed at the 100-Year Starship Symposium, a meeting sponsored by DARPA as part of a $1 million initiative to determine what it would take to develop interstellar space flight within 100 years. Astronomers and scientists debated possible destinations, contending that a good target would be a planet in another solar system that is likely to support life.

"Scientists debated possible interstellar destinations at the 100-Year Starship Symposium, a weekend meeting here sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to discuss planning the first mission to another star system."

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Comment icon #37 Posted by psyche101 on 12 October, 2011, 4:13
IF you feel I am sick, then tell me where the many billions that are appropriated each year by congress which go into a black budget where even the congressmen do not even know what is going on. And secret bases all over the place such as Area 51 where the signs promise that they will put a bullet in your heat if you try to go on the base. To prove I am sick, you have to prove that these billions are not going into secret space programs and Area 51 does on contain advanced sacecraft that can travel to the starts. Good Luck. Would it not be more appropriate for you, who is making the claim, to ... [More]
Comment icon #38 Posted by scowl on 12 October, 2011, 16:17
Would it not be more appropriate for you, who is making the claim, to prove that your claims are valid? He's under the impression that it's our job to convince him that he's wrong.
Comment icon #39 Posted by itsnotoutthere on 12 October, 2011, 17:52
IF you feel I am sick, then tell me where the many billions that are appropriated each year by congress which go into a black budget where even the congressmen do not even know what is going on. And secret bases all over the place such as Area 51 where the signs promise that they will put a bullet in your heat if you try to go on the base. To prove I am sick, you have to prove that these billions are not going into secret space programs and Area 51 does on contain advanced sacecraft that can travel to the starts. Good Luck. "even the congressmen do not even know what is going on" ......but app... [More]
Comment icon #40 Posted by psyche101 on 12 October, 2011, 21:53
He's under the impression that it's our job to convince him that he's wrong. Well lets, be fair, who started this?
Comment icon #41 Posted by BrandOfAmber on 9 February, 2012, 0:15
Back to the question in the thread, the answer is fairly obvious from an astronomical perspective. We would go first to the closest system. When speaking in galactic terms, we'd go to Andromeda.
Comment icon #42 Posted by DONTEATUS on 9 February, 2012, 0:31
I say we just Blast out there on a whim ! We cant Go wrong ,right ?
Comment icon #43 Posted by psyche101 on 10 February, 2012, 0:42
Back to the question in the thread, the answer is fairly obvious from an astronomical perspective. We would go first to the closest system. When speaking in galactic terms, we'd go to Andromeda. We are in a system, so this would be the closest system wouldn't it? At 2.6 million light years, I can't see us jaunting over to Andromeda soon, by the time we get there and back, we might as well just wait for Andromeda to hit us. Like the Milky Way, the Andromeda Galaxyhas satellite galaxies, consisting of 14 known dwarf galaxies. This might be a better option if we were contemplating leaving the gal... [More]
Comment icon #44 Posted by Hazzard on 10 February, 2012, 1:00
All the stars we see could all ready be gone. They need to explore all directions and not only one far away. Not all of them, but good point. First we find and identify a planet with biology on it,... then, we figure out a way to get there.
Comment icon #45 Posted by psyche101 on 10 February, 2012, 2:03
I say we just Blast out there on a whim ! We cant Go wrong ,right ? “Second star to the right…and straight on ’til morning.” - Captain Kirk, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Comment icon #46 Posted by DONTEATUS on 10 February, 2012, 3:34
“Second star to the right…and straight on ’til morning.” - Captain Kirk, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country I would Blast in a Texas Min ! THeres nothing like a real adventure !


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