Chris on January 28th, 2011

“Ask ten different scientists about the environment, population control, genetics, and you’ll get ten different answers, but there’s one thing every scientist on the planet agrees on. Whether it happens in a hundred years or a thousand years or a million years, eventually our Sun will grow cold and go out. When that happens, it won’t just take us. It’ll take Marilyn Monroe, and Lao-Tzu, and Einstein, and Buddy Holly, and Aristophanes…[and] all of this…all of this…was for nothing. Unless we go to the stars”. – Commander Jeffrey Sinclair, Babylon 5

4 Responses to “January 28th, 1986”

  1. Doug says:

    Yeah, space is not just final frontier, like Old Ben Kenobi, it is our only hope.

    I do not think we will ever escape the solar system, since travelling at any speed capable of getting us to another star system would likely kill us from the radiation caused by plowing into particles at some significant fraction of the speed of light, but we could at least colonize the moon, mars or perhap a moon of Jupiter.

  2. Chris says:

    I believe we’ll send one-way colony ships out to other systems with the expectation of terraforming possible planets. That said, I think the folks who board these colony ships will have a screw or two loose, so what our diaspora will look like might be very interesting.

  3. Doug Deal says:

    That would be a great foundation for a new civilization, the mentally ill.

    Of course, we could send sterile mentally ill up with a bunch of healthy orphan babies so that the journey gets underway with people crazy enough to be willing to make the flight, but they are replaceed by healthy people sometime mid-journey who have adapted to life in space.

  4. Chris says:

    I’m not sure which is more disturbed. My idea or yours.

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