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NASA and DARPA Want a "100-Year Starship," As Long as They Don't Ha...

By Clay Dillow Posted 02.10.2011 at 5:29 pm 0 Comments Gliese 581 Gliese 581 and its exoplanets are only 20 light years away (okay, so that's still a long way off), but we won't be visiting them unless someone builds us a starship. ESO Since it's inception (okay, since the early 1960s) the United States has been the world leader in space travel and exploration, taking the lead in crafting mankind's vision and agenda for humanity's role in space. So it made sense when NASA and DARPA announced their joint "100-Year Starship" study last year to explore the possibility of a one-way manned mission to another planet. But this initiative isn't quite as exciting as it seems; sure, the United States government would like to see humans explore and settle deep space. It just wants someone else to do it. That's a bit of a contrast from the moon landing, a feat that no private sector entity would have been able to achieve on its own at that time. Some projects are just too big for private industry to undertake, and these are the places where government is supposed to step up and organize the resources and manpower to do great things....

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