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A bunch of rocks The surface of Titan. So you give someone an inch and they want a yard. Given them a rocket ship and suddenly they want a star ship. SF writers want to use exotic settings on alien planets, but the real estate in our solar system mostly looks like a bunch of rocks.
I know that those spoil-sports at NASA have ruined our solar system for SF writers since their nosy space probes failed to find dinosaur-infested jungles of Venus and scantily-clad Martian princesses. Why not turn my rocket ship into a star ship? The basic problem is that interstellar distances are freaking huge.
The introduction begins like this: At an ordinary speed — say, a reasonable pace for a car in a megalopolitan traffic, two kilometers per minute — you would consume almost nine million years in crossing it. Beta Virginis was thirty-two distant. There is a glowing dot for the Sun, and one millimeter away is a microscopic speck representing the Earth.
Imagine this ten-centimeter model floating above your palm. This would put Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun, at about meters away. Glance at the ten-centimeter solar system in your hand, then contemplate the nearest solar system four and a half city blocks away.
And the center of the galaxy would be about kilometers away about mileswhich is a bit more than the distance from Chicago, Illinois to Houston, Texas.
How long do you think it is going to take to travel such distances? As an example, the Voyager 1 space probe is currently the fastest human made object with a rest mass, zipping along at a blazing This means that in the space of an eyeblink the little speed demon travels a whopping eleven miles!
Which means that if Neanderthal men had launched something as fast as Voyager 1 to Proxima, it would just barely be arriving right now. Neanderthals are extinct so not even their descendants would reap the benefit of any scientific broadcasts from the Proxima probe.
A similar argument could be used against any interstellar probes we could launch. This leaves us with two alternatives: Well, three, if you count "faster than light", but that will be covered later.
As Gordon Woodcock put it, the three methods of travelling to other stars are " go slow ", " go fast ", and " go tricky.
A society capable of building a successful interstellar generation ship will also be capable of building an interstellar relativistic ship simply by virtue of its tech level. And this is not even discussing cryogenic sleep.
It is not necessarily simpler to build a successful, interstellar generation ship than it is to build a successful, interstellar relativistic ship, and the latter is preferable for almost any use case.Make sure this fits by entering your model number.; Wake up and boldly go!
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