A Mere 85 Years


That’s the shortest period of time it would take us to get to the closest star (Proxima Centauri) with current realistic technology according to this Universe Today article. And what do I have to say about it?
What’s the freaking hold up? Seriously. Eight-five years is pretty good time considering it’s over four lightyears to the nearest star. Heck, I’d probably volunteer to go if my girlfriend could go with me. So, where are our Orion Project rockets and such? Where are our nuclear pulse engines to drive us at five percent the speed of light?

Someone over and NASA better be paying attention. I demand you get on top of it! Somebody’s tax dollars are paying for you folks to do something good…so, there better be cool nuclear-powered engine things in our near future!

On a side note: Does anyone know how long it would take, factoring in the acceleration and deceleration, to get from here to Mars with one of those pulse engines? Because, if it’s a technology we could really utilize, we might want to consider it as a quicker way of getting us there and back. Just saying.

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About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

2 thoughts on “A Mere 85 Years

  1. If I could go with you, you still wouldn’t be going.

    I like Earth, I’m staying here, and you’re staying with me if I have to nail your fins to de floor.

    Now I want to watch The Little Mermaid …

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