Just A Suggestion On What We Should Aim For When Traveling To Another Galaxy

I’m no geek in space stuffs, but I like to watch Star Trek TV shows and movies sometimes.  Anyhow, whenever I see Star Trek’s spaceship such as the Enterprise, I dream that I could be on one.  In my opinion, space faring is very cool.

In reality, we can’t travel anywhere far away from our planet earth yet.  Sure, we can send robotic crafts to a distant planet, but such a planet would still be within our solar system.  Perhaps, making as far as the edge of our solar system is already a great achievement in our time.

Talking about space faring to a hospitable planet which resides in another galaxy is totally a fantasy still.  How come?  According to the Internet, the closest galaxy is like 25,000 light-years away.  Our human civilization might already be extinct by then if we’re not careful.

Traveling to another galaxy requires technology which we can only fantasize at the moment.  Warping in space is one of such technologies.  Another one is using a wormhole to take a shortcut in space.  These technologies require immense energy, and our current technologies are in no way near in having such advancements.

Nonetheless, if one day we can harness immense energy and know how to utilize such energy, I like to suggest that we should not build a spaceship like the Enterprise.  How come?  Such a spaceship is too small and not sustainable for generations of space faring creatures.

I think we should create a spaceship that is immense in size and has similar shape to earth.  Such a craft should be at least 1/3 of the earth size, because such a huge craft can sustain artificial ecosystems that are similar to earth.  This way, generations of space faring creatures can survive and thrive for a long time — making our way to another galaxy should be doable by then.

Such a craft may need a technology to harness the stars, and making such stars as if they’re the gas stations in space.  Warp and wormhole technologies are the must have technologies, because these technologies could aid in speeding up the journey to another galaxy.  Anyhow, as the human race advances, we may be able to see the children of much later generations to take on such a bold adventure — traveling to another galaxy.


A Galaxy Is A Universe?

Solar System

Solar System (Photo credit: Joe Plocki (turbojoe))

I can’t help but imagine up a crazy scenario in regarding to the bewilderment of the finding of Voyager 1 so far.  According to Arstechnica’s “Missing: Voyager 1 yet to find the boundary line of the Solar System” article, it seems that the model of predicting the borderline of our solar system has been wrong as the scientists cannot agree with the Voyager 1’s data in this regard.  Of course, I’m not going to lie, I barely understand the article since it is too science-nerdy.  Nonetheless, the article has suggested that Voyager 1’s data have somehow hinted that it is unexpectedly not yet being where it’s supposed to be, and where it’s supposed to be is to be near the border of the solar system.  Beyond the immediate surrounding of our solar system border is known as heliopause.  Anyhow, it’s clearly shown that we can only guess of how the stuffs in our universe behave according to the theories and models we think that are most likely to be correct, but the truth is that the reality of the stuffs out there, within our universe, can really be bizarre.  Especially, as the distance gets farther and farther away from our home planet, we can only truly guess.

So what is my crazy scenario?  Without any proof and fact to back up this scenario, and I know it’s probably and most likely inclining toward science fiction and pure fantasy, but this idea had entered my tiny brain regardless.  Let just dilly dally a bit more before I reveal the crazy scenario.  So, according to other people, just the Milky Way galaxy alone, which contains earth (our home planet), has roughly around 200 billion stars or even more.  I can be wrong on this next thing.  According to other people again, many solar systems in Milky Way galaxy might contain more than one star.  According to what we think we know, our solar system is unique as it contains only one star.  Still, even if there are solar systems that can contain unlimited amount of stars, 100 billion stars or more are plenty for plenty of solar systems to spring about.  We’re making the stars as the protagonists, because the stars are the most massive objects in any solar system.  With this knowledge, we can say the stars are the most important bodies in a solar system.  Hint, the emphasis of calling a smallest system (i.e., containing stars) of systems within a universe as a solar system.  Solar means sun.  Sun is a star.  My point of laying all these assumed facts out is that the distance and sizes of things in space are just mind boggling.

Since it’s just crazy enough to contemplate on the things we think we know about our solar system, imagine that we have to also think about other galaxies.  Even crazier, we like to think about the universe itself.  Perhaps, I might be even crazier and suggest that each galaxy is a universe of itself.  This is the very (crazy) scenario which I had hinted about.  Of course, you can’t disprove me yet until there is a technology which allows you to travel beyond our galaxy.  Sure, you can try to disprove this crazy scenario with your naked eyes and cameras and say that your naked eyes and cameras had seen the galaxies such as Andromeda.  But let me ask you this, how do you know what you see isn’t another universe but just a galaxy?  Of course, you can argue and say a galaxy is a universe, but a universe in a galaxy manner, because the real universe would encompass all objects we think there are in space.  Even with this argument, how can you be so sure of what you have seen with the eyes and the tools (e.g., camera, telescope)?  The Voyager 1 so far has proved that the model which we rely on for the calculation the distance from here on out, nearing the border of our solar system, has been wrong.  It had taken 35 years for the Voyager 1 to travel that far out, and yet it seems the evidence is suggesting the Voyager 1 is nowhere near the edge of the solar system.  Perhaps, Voyager 1 isn’t sufficient enough to actually bring about the evidences we need to prove that we have seen the border of our solar system?  In any regard, things out there are simply too complex for us to know exactly unless we actually travel there ourselves.  Even then, let us contemplate on these things even more.

In conclusion, I’ve no idea what I’m talking about, but the crazy scenario had already entered my tiny brain.  I let it sprouts, because it is just so fascinating.  Nonetheless, like I say, it might just be simply a crazy, idiotic scenario.  I chuckle, a galaxy is a universe.  By the way, don’t talk about this idea in your science class, because your fellow classmates might laugh at you and think you’re an idiot.  So, you have been warned!  For me, sometimes, it’s great to be an idiot.