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Why Humanity Needs to Travel to Other Stars

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Because the nearest star is more than 4 light-years away, the fastest spacecraft ever built, Voyager 1, would take 75,000 years to get there. A realistic mission to another star system will require novel propulsion methods, as well as new life support, habitat technology and social structures to support what could be multiple generations of astronauts making the journey. 'We need the full capacity of the people we have on this planet to figure out how to do this,' Jemison said. She also stressed the importance of outreach to involve the public in the project. 'I know that we would be on the moon right now if we had kept the American public involved. They didn't leave us, we just left them out. We have to change the idea that space is just for rocket scientists, and nowadays billionaires. It's actually for everybody.' The payoff of such a mission could be felt not just in space...

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Daddy is taking a trip.   Mommy and the chi... by Ned Lud on Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 7:50:28 PM
And considering how humanely technology has been u... by Gentry L Rowsey on Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 11:46:44 AM
a far-sighted professor told me the space effort w... by Gentry L Rowsey on Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 12:48:52 PM
Thanks, I was far-sighted enough to be thinking th... by David McCorquodale on Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 12:56:02 PM