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Posted By bogydave,
Jun 26, 2013 at 3:01 AM
Astronomers found a solar system similar to ours
3 habitable planets, possible ET life.
Better pack a lunch for that trip. Even in an FTL spaceship, it could take awhile at WORP-4 (whatever that is) LOL.
Not ready to go, but I can think of a group of congresspeople I would like to send there.
Congresspeople? Politically correct I guess.
Yeah, lets go and destroy another planet.........
When I was in the oil patch
Our T-shirts :
Do they have Dairy Queen?
I can't go until there's a Dairy Queen.
Is there fire there? If not I'll stay here.
That was my other requirement.....oh, and trees. And stoves.
Well, there's more too, but that's for later, after the DQ question has been adequately answered.
For 22 light years away, you have to travel real fast to get there. With time dilation, you can expect your wood stacks to be REALLY dry when you get back to earth. We'll be very old or long gone, too. No thanks (no Dairy Queen there).
Deep space travel... is not gonna happen. The massive amounts of energy required to accelerate to a reasonable speed to cross deep space is simply not available. No amount of cord wood will get us there, no matter how much Scotty cuts and seasons. Never mind surviving for several hundred years in deep space. Also there is no guarantee of an atmosphere there that we could breathe, or any water there, or an atmospheric pressure that we could survive in, or has a temperature range that we could survive in, or an electromagnetic radiation field shielding their Sun there like the Earth does here, or that there is not some type of hostile life that would wipe us out on contact.
Basically we have it made here, but we are completely destroying this place.
Gotta have a plan B, I guess.
As much as I am for science, I don't really see the point in focusing all that brainpower on celestial bodies that are impossibly far away and will never have any impact on anyone's life, ever. Put those smart people to work on something a little more practical. There's a lot of intellectual HP going to waste on this stuff, IMO.