A NASA official may have made a 35-million-mile slip of the tongue.
The director of NASA's Ames Research Center in California casually let slip mention of the 100-Year Starship recently, a new program funded by the
super-secret government agency, DARPA. In a talk at San Francisco's Long Conversation conference, Simon “Pete” Worden said DARPA has $1M to spend,
plus another $100,000 from NASA itself, for the program, which will initially develop a new kind of propulsion engine that will take us to Mars or
beyond.There's only one problem: The astronauts won't come back.
The 100-year ship would leave Earth with the intention of colonizing a
planet, but it would likely be a one-way trip because of the time it takes to travel 35 million miles. That’s a daunting prospect, partly because of
the ethical dilemma, and partly because it may be the only recourse.
There's one other bizarre aspect to the plan: Humans would have to be
“adapted” to the alien world, Worden said, instead of figuring out a way to make the planet more hospitable to them.
“The human space
program is now really aimed at settling other worlds,” Worden said during his talk. “Twenty years ago you whispered that in dark bars and got
Since that revelation, hundreds of news reports about the program have theorized that the substantial budget indicates the Hundred
Year Starship is a dramatic shift for the stalled space program, not just a research project; others suggest it is a serious attempt to find a way to
Mars. And NASA? The space agency seems to be dodging all questions.Worden may have slipped by revealing the program, but -- as evidenced by
NASA’s lack of cooperation -- it may be too early for any new revelations.
Well, first of all. I thought it was pretty much a given that anyone going to Mars and beyond would most likely not be making it back. Duh. This
isn't Star Wars-it's reality!!!
That being said, I couldn't do it. Not now. Too old and to bolted into life here on Earth. But, If I was a younger man-and single, beam me the hell
up and lets get this thing going. I am sure I would hook up with one of the female techs flying along and could start a life there/Mars. Maybe my
own colony: anon72ville
I made my mind up after watching the movie Event Horizon. It got me thinking of the possibitlities of living the rest of my life in space or on
So, I say, send enough women along and the men will follow-
). Anyway, sounds to me like someone gotta a little excited and told a big fib-or rather
expanded on his idea scenario maybe. But, still in the discussion phase, I am sure.
I just came across this piece-associated with this whole storyline:
The Psychology of Leaving Earth Behind Forever
edit on 10/29/2010 by anon72 because: added additonal story info