Interstellar Space

Have a look around our own local solar system, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune

What has been done to explore these worlds and their moons?

A lot! A huge amount! We have pored over these planets and their moons for decades and with increasingly accurate equipment and probes.

The question is - does intelligent life exist here in this solar system - apart from on Earth?? What do you think?

Well, have we finished exploring our own solar system yet? No, not quite but let's be fair - the chances of discovering alien intelligent life in our own solar system has all but closed to zero!! We're not going to find it here now, are we??

So what does that mean?

It means that alien intelligent life DOES EXIST, but not in our own local star system.

The region of space that lies beyond our solar system is "interstellar space," it is the space between star systems and is VAST. We can look into it, but at the end of the day, there does come a limit, as to how far we can actually "see"
Some assert that the next star system to us has "no planets" and therefore we have to go to the next one to look for other intelligent life there! The incredibly vast distances involved, stop manned missions in their tracks. For one thing, a space craft leaving our solar system would have no chance of reaching a destination in the crew's life time - the distances are that huge! If we used current technology to propel a space craft to the next solar system, it would be several CENTURIES before arrival.

So that leaves us with probes, unmanned craft and this option is fraught too. Where would you steer such a probe to? You couldn't steer it from Earth really, it would have to be preprogrammed - and if override controls were activated - the timelag from Earth to the probe would become increasingly large and any radio signal weaker and weaker. It's a pretty dramatic thought though, a probe beaming back video footage from the next star system, but would the signal be strong enough from there?

The idea of sending a manned mission to the next Star System was explored in the SCI FI thriller "EVENT HORIZON" in 1997
In the movie, an amazingly impressive star ship with a revolutionary GRAVITY DRIVE is manned by a full human crew and sent to "the next solar system" through a wormhole.



Grav Counches installed into
the interior of future ships
will allow crew to withstand
truly colossal G forces
And here we see the addressing of the first monumental problem in our efforts to get to the "next solar system" - how to negotiate a distance of 4 light years. It would take light 4 years to travel from our neighbouring solar system to us. If we could make a craft travel at the speed of light, we could get there in just that same time, 4 years! two questions arise from this of course, how the heck are we going to make a space ship, capable of sustaining a full human crew, GO at the speed of light? and second, even if this could occur the journey would still be FOUR YEARS!!! Humans travelling in outer space are exposed to radiation, solar flares, and NO GRAVITY, not to mention boredom, hunger and thirst.

It's pretty obvious that we have absolutely no chance of doing this - and this is the reason we are unlikely to ever find the "other intelligent life" that is undoubtedly out there somewhere! I'm convinced that "aliens" from space - DO EXIST! It's just that they are a needle in a haystack and the haystack is 200 miles up the M1 and all we have is a pair of trainers, we can't even get to the haystack to look for the needle!!

It's a shame that we can't get anywhere outside our own solar system but hey! There are more pressing problems for mankind anyhow! Our world over population is presently devouring the earth's resources like no tomorrow. And not content with that, we are also busy polluting the world's oceans, the world's atmosphere and finally the world's land. With ice sheets busy breaking off from both North and South poles, dramatically raising sea levels and temperatures - I really believe our priorities lie elsewhere.

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