さまざまの言葉… random items

January 24, 2008

The Earth IS Doomed

Filed under: humankind — rithban @ 6:29 am
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Commenting on the recent unveiling of Virgin Galactic’s spaceship, Graham Bailey posed a question:,

Climate change, unstable economies, and war are all factors that are putting the human race at risk, and if we don’t move soon, we may not have the option.

What are your thoughs on this?

It reminds me of a quote from the old TV show Babylon 5, set from the viewpoint of the future, the year 2258. Mankind is still struggling with essentially the same problems that it has for thousands of years. Space travel is expensive, there is pressure to pull back, and address our own problems “back home”.

Mary Ann Cramer: After all that you’ve just gone through, I have to ask you the same question a lot of people back home are asking about space these days. Is it worth it? Should we just pull back, forget the whole thing as a bad idea and take care of our own problems, at home?

Sinclair: No. We have to stay here, and there’s a simple reason why. 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-Tsu, Einstein, Maruputo, Buddy Holly, Aristophanes – all of this. All of this was for nothing, unless we go to the stars.

Babylon 5, Season 1, Episode 4 “Infection”

In the end, the Earth is doomed to being destroyed by Mother Nature. The question is whether we choose to quietly go extinct, or give “post-Terra survival” a go. Unless hit by comet or some such massive catastrophe, this is a task for us to start for future generations.

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Excited(?) Over Space Travel in My Lifetime

Filed under: goofy — rithban @ 5:56 am
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Virgin Galactic is building their next generation spacecraft. News articles here and here.

Makes me start to think we will have private space flight available to the general public in my lifetime. Hmm… suborbital flight between continents in a few hours… beats the grueling 18+ hours to hit the next hemisphere.

The only thing I really fear is the kid four seats behind me getting space sick and throwing up in zero gravity. With no gravity, it’d float straight until it encountered something, and largely continue to float around until re-entry where it’d splatter all over the place. 😦

Am I the only one that thinks about these things? *grin*

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