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This is really damned neat.

Perhaps we will colonize the stars in my lifetime.

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neowolf2
Jun. 15th, 2005 11:54 am (UTC)
The Stars A Destination?
Unfortunately, colonizing the stars appears to be really hard. It's right on the edge of economic viability to put a base on the moon, and the nearest star is 100 million times farther away. Science fiction gets around this by inventing FTL drives, but from what we know of physics those are either impossible, or require exotic matter (with negative mass) that hasn't been discovered, or require engineering on a godlike scale, manipulating extremely dense objects with the mass of planets. (And probably all three.)

I think SF has misled many people into thinking it will be easy to travel to the stars. It's easy in SF on;y because it's helpful in the telling of stories.

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