I'm not sure about the travel bit... it's going to literally have to be cryogenic freezing and aiming thousands of people at a system with some sort of computer navigating them and bringing them down on the right planet... With the distances we're talking, the precision of direction is going to have to be incredible, and even then, with solar sails or an equivalent method of propulsion, we're talking probably anything from hundreds of years upwards, and that upwards could be in to the millions... That or we develop wormhole technology, but to be honest, that's still *very* firmly in the realm of science fiction, or at least having any sort of control over them is.
I think you're right though about it being more likely we'll just live in essentially more space stations. Seems more likely, overall...
we are on the verge of a lot of very
cool scientific shit. tech that will make it possible to travel farther, faster and safer through space. just the nano tech advancements alone (carbon nano tubes/rods and triple layer nano photovoltaic cells) will help tremendously.
mainly on the space vehicles and eventual habbitations...but hopefully on the whole "escaping the earths gravitational cage" problem...
if we built that space elevator it would revolutionize
imagine being able to build/design craft in space, that do not require the fuel comsuption/storage to reach zero gravity. it would be spec-fucing-tacular to have that capability.
pressing D-up is a whole lot easier than using thousands of pounds of solid pressed rocket fuel to get us up there.
a whole hell-of-a lot safer to.
once we break free of thoes shackles we are free to do whatever...like when forrest's leg braces came off and he could run fast...
thats when all the other cool shit gets a whole lot more do-able and realistic.
we aren't going to fully understand and appreciate all the bennifits of these advancements untill we begin to utilize them. once they are in use there will be this brief period of time where many, many advancements take place over a short period of time. this will be the dawn of the true space age, much like the advent of human flight, within 5 or 10 years (probably much more rapidly now) we will see this technology grow, change, and evolve at an insanly fast pace. one breakthrough after another each one leading to the next.
Whether it be in the form of terraforming or ark domes, I think that Mars is the most important stepping stone for our species in the near future.
the moon and mars will be vital in any further exploration of "deep space". we need to use these as jumpping off points and as a source for raw materials.
the moon alone contains a shit load of a type of helium (helium-3, a variant of the gas used in lasers and refrigerators) that would provide abundant energy for the lunar base and earth (beamed back to us in microwaves).
mars has it's own similar uses as well but not much is know yet.
I heard that within the next decade there will be another moon landing to start construction on a space station. Besides, wouldn't we have to go and setup shop there first before traveling to Mars? It would make for an easier launch. So while I agree Mars is an important stepping stone. The Moon is most important right now.
yes and no...we could very easily go to mars without establishing the moon but it's a much more logical step. mainly because it's closer and we would have quicker response times if there were any issues, and the turnaround on supply runs would be much quicker.
the distance between the earth and mars will be much less of an issue in the coming decades. much like our current transportation. 100 years ago getting from california to main was something that could take years, now it takes days by car, and hours by plane.
such will be the case with space travel once we get the ball moving.
the moon is nice, but mars is the ultimate real goal. it's bigger therefore it has much more potential than the moon. so depending on the way and speed in which these advancements happen, it's possible we could be on mars before the moon, but not likely.
sorry for the book guys...i'm stoned.