Certainly happy to discuss the topic here, but I actually think it warrants a bigger and more dedicated thread.
So, here's some of the stuff I'd hope to see...
- What is the best crew size (i.e. 3, 10, 50...more)
-How do you assemble a ship big enough in space (cuz you're not launching something that big from Earth!)?
-How many launches does it take to fuel the ship?
-How many launches does it take to supply the ship?
-How much money does each launch cost?
-what is the propulsion mechanism to get to Mars?
-How do you accelerate such a massive ship enough to slingshot to Mars (or another planet)?
-What is the mechanism to slow down and land on Mars (with living people on-board) (or any other planet)?
-What is the long term plan to survive on a planet like Mars?
-What is the next stepping stone after Mars (if they even live)?
-How do we get there? And how long does it take?
-What will be the benefit to mankind on Earth...IF they can even find a place to go?
-How many generations will it take along the journey to get there?
-Can mankind even survive long term in long distance space travel?
-How much of a bummer is it going to be to have to answer all these "reality" questions?
Warp drive doesn't exist, and it likely won't exist in any of our lifetimes. Teleportation doesn't exist, and likely won't in any of our life times.
Quantum physics is great, but humans aren't going to be able to use it for "human" travel in our lifetimes. Worm holes are cool (if they exist), but
humans will never be able to travel through them, not in our lifetimes.
C'mon, let's get down to the cold, hard, FACTS of space travel, and 'mankind' being a passenger!
P.S. Voyager (1&2) were launched in 1977, forty one years ago. To date they are the most distant man-made objects from Earth. If an 18 year old man
had been placed on one of them, he would be 59 years old right now...and we're not even outside the Solar System...which will take another 40,000
years (in other words, four HUNDRED generations!)
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