Most of us are familiar with the famous intro line from Star Trek. We are also use to thinking that space travel will be fairly common in the not too distant future.
Recently, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) held a public event called the 100-Year Starship Symposium. The main topics centered on the prospects of human space travel to the farthest reaches of our solar system and beyond to neighboring star systems which would take hundreds of years.
Long term space travel poses a number of problems including man’s relatively short span when compared to the time needed to reach distant destinations. One of the possibilities that have been suggested in the past few years would be a multi-generation trip, where multiple generations would be conceived and born on board the space vehicle.
The problem with this concept is the long term effects of zero or micro gravity.
Men and women who have spent months on board the International Space Station have experienced a host of physical and medical problems resulting from their extended time spent in micro gravity. These problems include muscle atrophy (even with regular exercise), weakening of the bones, reduction in total blood volume, and weakening or loss of some vision.
Some scientists and physicians believe that if a human baby was conceived and grown in the microgravity of space that it would result in issues like brittle bones, underdeveloped organs, muscle weakness and circulatory problems. A person developed and raised under such conditions would most likely have a much shorter lifespan and would have very significant problems if they land on any planet that had even half the gravity of earth.
Most of this could all be avoided if man were to develop an effective artificial gravity on board a star ship, much like you see in all the SciFi movies and programs. However, this does not seem to be possible at this time.
So what does this have to do with Creation?
The detrimental effects of micro gravity don’t just affect humans, but virtually all ‘upper’ life forms that we know of. Chances are, if there were some kind of intelligent life on some distant planet, they would also have to overcome the same negative effects as we do. Yes, they could have completely different bodies than we do, but they would still have to have some kind of support and organ function and all of these are still subject to the negative effects of micro gravity.
Therefore, it is very unlikely that any other culture would be capable of long term sustained space travel, thus adding to the unlikelihood of our ever having been visited by extraterrestrials. But for those of you that are still skeptical, I highly recommend the following materials with this physical hurdle should put the question of alien contact to rest.
McLellan, Heather. Microgravity Makes Interstellar Travel Impossible, Say Experts, The Escapist, Oct. 5, 2011.
Moskowitz, Clara. The 100-Year Starship: US Agencies Ponder Interstellar Travel, Space.com, Sept. 30, 2011.
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