“To boldly go where no man has gone before.” The famous quote from the original series of Star Trek has also been the dream and reality of many men throughout history. From Yuri Garan, the Russian pilot who was the first man in space, to Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon. All of these modern explorers wished to go farther than anyone had gone before but they still only made it to the Moon--a mere 238,900 miles, extremely small relative to interstellar travel. The problem is that there is no way for humans to travel between planets or even stars, survive the trip, land, and be able to successfully colonize a planet. This issue is worth being solved for much of the same reason Europeans began to sail and colonize the
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On the contrary, however, astronomers have found a massive super Earth that has the potential to support life. The planet orbits within the habitable zone of a dwarf star 44 light years away and is estimated to be nearly seven times the size of Earth (RTnews 1). Although some physicist believe that any person who made it to the planet would end up being crushed by the gravity on the planet which should be roughly seven times that of Earths. Even so without risk there is no reward and if people are willing to take the risk and it is worth taking, the idea deserves a shot. How would humans get to this so-called super Earth? While there is no current mode of transportation capable of such a trip there are several solutions to this issue such as outfitting a spacecraft with artificial gravity and light speed capability, the use of cryogenic storage during travel or the creation of an interstellar ark.
Outfitting a manned spacecraft with artificial gravity and light speed capability may seem far-fetched but it could actually be a viable idea. A small manned craft could fit up to seven crewmembers and several days’ worth of supplies (NASA). Rotation can create a small amount of artificial gravity within the ship and the ship, having already been designed for space travel, should have enough insulation to protect from any harmful radiation. Also with enough fuel a ship could reach near light speed since there is no