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Friday, May 13, 2016
Announcement: University of Hawaii, Institute for Astronomy Presents: "Challenges and Approaches to Star Flight"
University of Hawaii, Institute for Astronomy Presents:
"Challenges and Approaches to Star Flight"
By: Marc Millis
Friday, May 13th at 9:30 PM PDT
Institute for Astronomy - U. Hawaii Astronomy Amphitheater:
And on the web: http://ps1puka.ps1.ifa.hawaii.edu/liveVideo.php
Comprehending star-flight – reaching other worlds across interstellar space – is mind boggling. Distances are beyond familiarity and ideas for getting there are difficult to sort from science fiction. This talk introduces the reality of potential destinations, how to get there, and the lessons learned in the attempt. An unexpected lesson is that human behavior is a much larger factor than technological progress. The energy levels required for interstellar flight are so enormous that errant use could extinguish humanity – meaning that humanity must mature to where it responsibly wields such powers for the common good rather than against each other. Designing 'world ships’ (isolated, multi-generation colonies on a journey to new worlds) must address sustainable living both physically and socially. The far-future nature of this goal offers a more academic context to fully digest the facts and unknowns of human behavior to create a sustainable peaceful society with meaningful lives for all.
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