Is interstellar travel possible?
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01-27-2013, 03:46 AM
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I'm pretty sure that you're asking whether we think any civilization will ever be able to transport actual living, breathing members of its species interstellar distances, not unmanned probes.
I'm guessing you mean within the lifetime of a single "person", so that the crew that boards the ship at home base actually makes it to the other stars.
Does this sound about right?
I'm asking if it's possible for a civilization to develop the technology needed to harness the enormous amounts of energy required to send members of its own species outside of its own star system and travel to different stars. You can look at it from more than one perspective. Is it a theoretical impossibility to develop that type of propulsion? Is it an impossibility to develop the kind of energy recycling and processing technologies needed for some kind of generational colony ship?
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