Originally posted by JustAnIllusion
But part of me doesnt want to see mankind spoil it like we do to our own planet.
Spoil it how? Links? Explaination?
As for the topic:
We do deep space mission today, a number that shall only go up. In the near future there will be J.I.M.O. and that will be a HUGE improvment in space
tech, because its nuclear powered and will have several ion engines, which are very efficient engines, yet powerful enough to get out of a planets or
moons orbit, it will study Jupiter and 3 of its moon by getting into their orbit and taking pics and radar images and scans and readings and what not
and its engines will turned up and it will escape it gravity pull and then go to the next moon. It will be the first time that a single spacecraft
was built the purpose of studing in detail more then one planet.
and also in I believe 2006 Nasa will launch Horizons II, a pluto probe, cant get much deeper then that.
Future deep space missions could use Solar sails, which possibly have the ability to go up to 1/10 the speed of light! But they take a long time to
build up speed, but they would be the most efficient for some longer and deeper missions.
Expect to find out more on our solar system in the comming decades but dont expect to have a spacecraft land or orbit a nother planet in our
but with constentaly better telescopes expects to see TONS of planets outside of our solar system, currently we have found over 135 plantets (not
including our own of course).
We will probably find life on another planet (maybe intelligent) within 20 years.
With telescopes like the VLT (Very Large Telescope) that will be finshed in 2005 will be so sensitive that it could see astronauts on the moon! And
of course we still have Hubble, with will continue with amazing pictures for years to come, and in 2007 Nasa will launch Kepler which is space-based,
its sole mission is Planet finding, they predict that they will find 2 planets a week, and will bew able to find planets the size of earth, which in
planet terms is pretty tinny. In 2005 there Nasa's VBL (Large Binocular Telescope) which is just as it sounds, its basically 2 big telescopes
networked together to see deeper clearer and more. Then in 2012 Nasa will launch the James Webb Space Telescope, which will be to study early galaxies
in more detail. Brfore 2020 Nasa will launch its biggest and most impressive of them all the Terrestrial Planet Finder which is several telescopes
connected to one-in-other to see much more, it will be able to see planets up to 50 light years away! And of course I havn't mentioned all the
Future telescopes because i dont have that much spare time, but i hope this is enough to make to excited about space, like me.
But as for your last question: The only way humans will be able to go to another galaxy is if we can figure out how to go light speed and figure out
how to cryogenically freeze people with out them dying, and then we would basically set a timer on there "bed pods" for lack of better words, and
have them awaken when they get there. and dont be optimistic about us being able to go faster then the speed of light, because Einstein said that it
is impossible, and for a guy who lived when space travel didn't he has never being wrond yet, so i tend to believe him.
and as for our own galaxy, same thing, unless we can find a planet close enough actaully worth sending people to (which wont be in our lifetime). But
for deep space missions solar sails is the only way to go (for now).