How Long Would It Take Us To Go To Proxima Centauri?
That of one day reaching out and touching the stars is a relatively recent desire of our species…We can perhaps date its appearance to 1838, the year, that is, when the German astronomer Friedrich Bessel first succeeded in determining the distance to a star and clarifying the extent of the problem we faced.
A dream, we said,,,,, but with recent advances in technological development it seems that dream is slowly becoming a reality…hand in hand with our growing awareness of the limited resources and environmental problems we face here on Earth.
Indeed, stars are far, far too far away… But, there you go… If there were an exoplanet with some Earth-like qualities within a radius of a few light-years (not a hundred or a thousand, as is the norm) then yes, this could work!
It would do a bit like the Moon, which served as a first step, a spur to get us to the other planets…
We could start seeing interstellar space as a sea sprinkled with islands, rather than as the current unreachable void.
What a pity!
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