"We will one day venture to the stars." True?
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29-12-2016, 11:05 AM
RE: "We will one day venture to the stars." True?
I think the method we will use will be to send a small robot ship with the human genome stored in a computer database. Once the robot arrives and confirms that a planet can be terraformed then humans will be constructed from a small supply of water, oxygen and organic chemicals. Plants and animals will also be needed in order to establish a working ecological system. The whole payload will probably have a volume of less than one cubic meter. To save space and weight the genome may be altered so that the humans are less than one meter tall, perhaps only 10 cm tall.

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29-12-2016, 11:37 AM
RE: "We will one day venture to the stars." True?
Planets, yes. Stars, no. I think by (that is if we servie the next century) we get to the point to travel the galaxy we won't be human any more. Perhaps a new species that follows us will get that privilege. Even if we did come up with the means to. Our short lives would never make the journey.

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29-12-2016, 12:49 PM
RE: "We will one day venture to the stars." True?
"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible."
- Lord Kelvin, ca. 1895, British mathematician and physicist

"...no possible combination of known substances, known forms of machinery, and known forms of force, can be united in a practical machine by which man shall fly long distances through the air..."
- Simon Newcomb, astronomer, head of the U. S. Naval Observatory.

"I confess that in 1901 I said to my brother Orville that man would not fly for fifty years. Two years later we ourselves made flights. This demonstration of my impotence as a prophet gave me such a shock that ever since I have distrusted myself and avoided all predictions."
- Wilbur Wright (1867-1912)

"This foolish idea of shooting at the moon is an example of the absurd length to which vicious specialization will carry scientists working in thought-tight compartments. Let us critically examine the proposal. For a projectile entirely to escape the gravitation of earth, it needs a velocity of 7 miles a second. The thermal energy of a gramme at this speed is 15,180 calories... The energy of our most violent explosive--nitroglycerine--is less than 1,500 calories per gramme. Consequently, even had the explosive nothing to carry, it has only one-tenth of the energy necessary to escape the earth... Hence the proposition appears to be basically impossible."
- W. A. Bickerton, Professor of Physics and Chemistry at Canterbury College, 1926.


The story of mankind is a tale of the impossible made possible. Our species will colonize space, I personally think that is inevitable, though the means by which this task will be accomplished may look nothing like anything we can imagine now. However, it will be done, and many things even more beautifully impossible than space travel as well. Humanity, we are mighty.

"If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can't be done."
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