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Originally posted by Legalizer
If planets have not escaped the orbit of the sun in billions of years what makes you all think humans can?
Originally posted by Nygdan
The real question is, can we break the speed of light barrier in that much time, or have completely self-sustaining floating space stations that can be hurled beyond the sun's reach in that time.
IF the light barrier cannot be broken, then man, just like individual men, is doomed to death.
Originally posted by ed 209
Will the Andromeda galaxy have collided with us by then anyway?
16. We had a conversation on IgnoranceDenied a little while back about whether it was possible for NASA to send a man to the moon in a relatively short time. There were many good examples brought up about
the budgetary restraints on NASA set at a sad rate of around .2% gdp when back in the 60`s it was .8% and the fact the the technology is now outdated. We came to the conclusion that it would not be possible to send a man to the moon relatively soon. Would you consider this to be so?
What does "relatively soon" mean? And what kind of budget should we expect to be available for this purpose? The current NASA vision calls for a return to the Moon within the next 15 years, but this plan assumes only modest increases in the NASA budget -- far less than the spending levels associated with Apollo program in the 1960s.
Originally posted by Nygdan
I recall that there is an idea out there that each world is set up so as to have the necessary resources to permit interstellar travel, BUT, in such a way that only benevolent nations can do it. So that, we need, for example, ALL the uranium on the planet, to build a star-travel device, but, if we use a lot of it up in nuke weapons, we'll never have enough to 'breakthrough', ever.
Originally posted by SevenThunders
Over the last few millenia we have regressed technologically more than once, and at least once it was due to a cataclysmic war. I predict total global nuclear war long before we ever get into space in any meaningful way.
Even now I do not think the U.S could go back to the moon.
Moreover due to political correctness the modern crop of engineers cant calculate their way out of a paper bag.
... we are essentially bankrupt financially
Even worse there are agencies and corporations actively suppressing technology to maintain their own monopolies.
Originally posted by laiguana
For the sake of all that is holy I hope that humans do NOT colonize any other planet or infect other solar systems with their presence.
Originally posted by Langolier
I immagine we'll find a way to survive. Hundreds of years ago there were at least a few scholars who had primitive designs for trips to the moon. The technology available at the time was simply not advanced enough. Right now, we have the bare-bone plans for interstellar ships... ships that we probably won't build for several centuries, by then the ships we have immagined now will have already been left in the dust.
I'm not too worried about humanity. We don't have a history of wiping ourselves out, we've had the chance for quite a while, and yet we're still here. Still, the doomsday sayers are probably a good thing in that they remind us to be ever vigilant of the end.