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All our hopes and dreams

To get the hell off this dangerous limited rock called Earth! I don’t know about you guys but we have been here long enough and don’t forget there’s a expiration date on this planet. It could be tomorrow. Space exploration is the single best cure for everything that we need to fix on Earth first. Hope, glory and the conquest of something very real. the unknown. And all the benefits that go with too long to list here. This is a small step but a giant one at the same time.

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11 Responses to “All our hopes and dreams”


  1. 1 chrisisall
    September 20, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Hey Steve, I always knew we’d be researching this seriously ever since I was a wee laddy. And no small thanks to Star Trek for inspiring kids in the past & present to be scientists! We must celebrate.
    Pass the Saurian brandy, bro!

  2. September 20, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    I still have my doubts about the exotic matter aspect of the drive coil, but it amazes me that they think the energy requirement is now so close to that “predicted” in Star Trek. Between this and efforts to extend the human lifespan, we might actually someday walk on other worlds.

    Now here’s a story that comes with the warning that I can’t check its accuracy: I have a friend in education who knows this kid … he’s thirteen years old and has been doing advanced mathematics since he was nine. He’s fascinated by physics and reads physical journals and plays with the math in them for “fun”. His school teachers don’t know what to do with him — even with taking courses at the local college, he consumes knowledge like most kids his age consume soda pop. He’s not specifically anti-social, but he has no tolerance for authority figures, so he finds himself in minor trouble now and then. According to my friend, he wants to figure out how to make FTL propulsion practical. Of course, one would think that was inevitable given the name Mr. and Mrs. Cochrane gave their brilliant son: Zephram.

    • September 20, 2012 at 11:46 pm

      I think i know the kid you are talking about but it sure would be neat if we could confirm that. Either way we will jump to the stars one day or die here on Earth. I choose the stars.

      • September 21, 2012 at 12:09 am

        Agreed. Even if we don’t crack the speed of light. But isn’t it mind-boggling to think that there really is a child prodigy out there with an interest in the physics of FTL and his name just happens to be Zephram Cochrane? On the other hand, maybe my educator friend realizes how gullible I can be sometimes!

  3. 5 Max
    September 20, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I don’t put a whole lot of stock in NASA these days. I’ve had to many years of hearing the same old thing from them. Still nothing to show for it. All we would expect from a government agency.

  4. 8 Mike
    September 20, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    A lot of these FTL schemes use gravitational effects or like the Alcubierre (sp?) drive, controlled expansion and contraction of space. These may work, but I see one disturbing problem with them.

    If they were in use by other races, we would see all kinds of red and blue shifts winking in and out or gravitational lensing effects. My money is on “magic” drive technology that results in a motionless instant transfer anywhere in spacetime.

    I see all FTL travel as implying time travel – perhaps even in novel ideas like launching a slowboat, putting it in stasis, then taking it out of stasis at the destination 5 million years later, and then going back in time 5 million years at the destination. Kind of messy, though.

    But we will get FTL travel, because we have to.

  5. 10 Raul Q
    September 21, 2012 at 2:38 am

    Looks like Star Trek The Motion Picture got it right, the first warp ship will have a ring! Of course I am referring to the painting of the SS Enterprise on the REC deck of the Refit.

  6. September 21, 2012 at 4:28 am

    Do you think they can get it done and get some ships built by Dec 21? That’s when the world is supposed to end. 🙄


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