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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 fired.”
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.
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.
Russian Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, has set a new record for the most cumulative time in space - logging a total of 748 days in orbit
Originally posted by HollowJacket
I know astronauts constantly have to exercise to keep their muscles from atrophying in the absence of gravity. The stress of living in a completely sterile environment in the black void of space has to be unbeleiveable. I dont think we're cut out for this one...send more robots first...edit on 29-10-2010 by HollowJacket because: too many emoticons
Originally posted by WakeUpAndC
With regards to the budget...It is money that is fueling Think Tanks. and for people to sit there and try to figure out how to do it.. The million dollars is not the money they are making the ship from. Do people not get that?
So far, the mission amounts to US$1.1 million in seed capital that NASA's Ames Research Centre and the Pentagon's Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency hope to turn into the $11 billion the mission could cost.
"We hope to inveigle some billionaires to form a Hundred Year Starship fund. The human space programme is now really aimed at settling other worlds. Twenty years ago you had to whisper that in dark bars and get fired," Worden said in remarks posted to a blog that covered the event. "Within a few years we will see the first true prototype of a spaceship that will take us between worlds."
Originally posted by WakeUpAndC
Ok just puting this out there....I think it safe to say that if we are learning about something that is in the "works" we already have had it for ten years....the blackbird was hidden for 30 years...we can cloak a tank...and now they are saying we need to colonize other worlds? I know this idea is pretty far out there but maybe we already got the ship ready to go.. Any thoughts on this?