On 2003-01-14 07:02, Argos wrote:
On 2003-01-13 19:01, JS Princeton wrote:
Then trips wouldn't be so bad as time would dilate for the rest of the universe
I would say that even if they could take advantage of the time dilation, I see problems regarding the real meaning of such a trip. In a round-trip to Andromeda, for instance [at the speed of light], a human would feel the passage of some 80 years, while here on Earth four million years would have passed. Am I right?
Now consider traveling to galaxies farther away. It seems there would have to be some kind of multi-millennial mission control back on Earth to keep the plans going on. If you were to visit the Cartwheel galaxy
, for example, a couple of thousand years would have passed on your ship whilst a whole geological era would have passed on Earth when you [or your descendants] got back. What would be the historical meaning of such missions? A civilization would have to be very stable to sustain long-term projects of this kind. Don’t you think so?
It would only make sense if the journey was designed to open new settlements for the mankind, cutting the ties that bind the galactic travellers to the mother planet forever.
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