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Originally posted by Heartisblack
The elites go and we're left here to die......don't know what else to tell you......but is that what you wanted to hear ?
Originally posted by chrismicha77
Not sure where to put this so I'll put it here.
I know the title is misleading but it is quite possible this could happen. A lot of senarios could spell doom for planet Earth i.e. astroids, the Sun becomes a red giant, you get the picture. As a matter of fact, Earth right now, is in a upheaval, and anything is possible. So I'm going to flip the script and reverse your thinking.
So I propose a question to all your brilliant minds. Lets say we found a suitable planet with all the right amenities to sustain life. Problem is, this planet is inhabited by beings of an intelligent race and quite capable of defending their planet from invasion.
Now, the clock is ticking and Earth won't last to much longer. LIfe as we know it will come to an end and the human race will finally go extinct. We are in survival mode and we will do whatever it takes to save our existence. We have seen what aliens would do to us, in movies, tv, and radio. So we know what has to be done to survive, YES, that's right, we have to wipe out this alien race, and colonize the planet. Right?
But wait, maybe these creatures are benevolent and would be happy to share their planet & resources. Do we take the chance to reason and tell them of our terrible plight? Are humans capable of reasoning, when backed against a wall and death is certain, or are we monsters capable of horrible things?
So there you have it folks, you are faced with a big dilemma!
What do we do?
The huge glowing radiators mounted to the engines dissipate their heat, and the enormously long central truss, with its own protective coolers and reflectors, protects the cargo and crew modules from the engines' heat and radiation using the simple rule of r-squared attenuation rather than heavy shielding. (Yes, Jim really thinks about this kind of stuff and explains it very clearly in text and in person.) The ship has a pair of centrifugal-gravity-gen modules for the crew who remain awake for the duration, which has become a pretty typical feature of quasi-realistic ship designs in movies. But one unique feature it has which directly relates to the sub-light realistic travel is a cascade-style shield stack to protect the speeding craft from interstallar debris. Jim's doc completely explains this technology, apparently based on current NASA research, and how it obliterates potentially catastrophic particles by letting them slam through a series of thin, light shield surfaces.