Interstellar flight: will space scientists be able to reach & navigate between the stars?
It’s quite known that scientists have designed rockets and spaceships which have been used to go far beyond the boundaries of the Earth. But how far can they keep going?
If we believe there is an uncountable number of stars and galaxies, as reported by scientific studies, we might be inclined to believe that if mankind could understand the laws of extra-terrestrial nature (which might be the same, or different from the laws governing earthly nature), and develop adequate technology, there would be no limits to which mankind could explore outer space.
But even if we imagine a future when science could actually be able to do this, there may still be parts of outer space (universe) that will remain physically unreachable; probably due to their immeasurable distances away from the Earth, or lack of adequate technological equipment to reach them.
The victories of space science, against all odds and disbelief
Science did lots of study and work which helped mankind reach the moon in 1969. But long before then, seeds of the event were planted by men who lived in past ages.
One of such men was Leonardo da Vinci who spent his time making sketches of flying machines that looked awesome, and could actually be called prototypes of the modern-day helicopter.
However, da Vinci hid his sketches because of fear for the Inquisition that reigned when he was alive. But after his sketches were published in 1797, many people reacted and stated that the type of heavy machines depicted by da Vinci would never be able to leave the ground and fly through the atmosphere.
Many thought it would be impossible for any force to fly a machine over a long distance; yet, just a couple of decades later, aeroplanes have been carrying large quantities of weights over long distances, across land and sea areas that cover thousands of square miles.
During the 1940’s, when the first rockets were launched, medical doctors stated that space travel was impossible because the human body system wouldn’t be able to cope with the condition of being weightless for several days; yet, the human body system has been comfortable during space flights, and is able to withstand the condition of being weightless.
During the age of science, at one time or another, many negative assumptions that were made about new ideas have been disproved. The final evidence or proof of successful scientific and technological ideas have always preceded by negativity and speculation that nothing would work—but against all odds and negativity, they did work.
It’s quite interesting to witness successful space flights, and how science is achieving feats that were once ideas popularly frowned upon decades ago.
I believe that each time a rocket is launched into the universe or outer space, the belief of those who think it’s impossible for science to carry out interstellar flight among the stars, will become weaker and weaker.
Why? Because several years ago (probably decades), it was obviously ridiculous to talk about the existence of other planets, stars, and galaxies, and the thought about traveling outside the confines of the Earth. But today, no one can doubt the reality of other planets, stars, galaxies, and the possibility of getting into the vastness of the immeasurable cosmos.
After being disproved by science, many people would hardly disagree that interstellar or space travel within our solar system is possible, but some might still argue that mankind might not be able to travel across vast distances in outer space.
Traveling across vast distances might be an easy feat for UFOs, if they actually exist—as speculated from evidence of past incidences related to their activities.
If UFOs are as real as science say they could be, then who knows whether there are many other civilizations in outer space that might have conducted interstellar space travel, probably thousands of years before Earth’s scientists even thought about it.
But why would interstellar space travel be impossible when every wrong thing that was stated about it has been disproved.
I believe so much in what the future has to offer because time after time, again and again, mankind has witnessed how things that were considered impossible, became possible.
History is on the side of scientists, and it’s likely that present and future space scientists will break any current or future challenges that would face them.