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originally posted by: zrstatesman
I really do believe there is other "life" out there somewhere. I begin to unravel, however, when I begin taking into account what must be available for alien travel. Let's first assume that our nearest visitors, from Andromeda, have developed faster than light travel. Even at warp 10 speed it would take them roughly 200,000 years to get hear. Second, if you are traveling at faster than light speed, then your onboard computer equipment is gonna have to work a little faster. I'm just assuming that our alien buds would like to see that stray asteroid before they smash into it. To make a long story short, faster than light travel itself would seem the least efficient, and slowest means of interstellar travel. It might be handy for short trips about ones own galaxy, but, there would have to be a better way of navigating the intergallactic voids. I've heard everything from time travel to worm holes. I'd like to get some collaboration on this subject.
"...We hope that Professor Langley will not put his substantial greatness as a scientist in further peril by continuing to waste his time and the money involved, in further airship experiments. Life is short, and he is capable of services to humanity incomparably greater than can be expected to result from trying to fly....For students and investigators of the Langley type there are more useful employments."
Source: New York Times, December 10,1903, editorial page.