In the popular science fiction movie epic “Interstellar” the central character returns from a momentous deep space voyage to other worlds in another galaxy to be confronted by the fact that although he has aged very little, due to traveling at near the speed of light for extended periods of time, his own daughter is now so advanced in years that she is a great-grandmother, now on her death-bed. Most everyone else he knew on earth before he left have long since passed on. He’s been gone for 122 years, but it only seemed a few months to him in transit.
The logistics problem presented by the attempt to find a way for human beings to traverse the colossal distances of deep space has been the unsolvable riddle for modern astronomers and orgs like NASA. Beyond a journey to Mars, that being our first baby step into local solar system space travel, any attempt to actually travel the unimaginable distances between earth and even near-by stars beyond our solar system, has seemed impossible for a human being to endure. Maybe we need to re-arrange the way we think about the space travel riddle.
Pause to consider: maybe it won’t be us who will be doing the actual traveling. Maybe it will finally be our own robotic representatives instead. This makes the conquering of local region deep space [ 1-15 light years distance ] and possible travel to nearby habitable worlds entirely plausible, does it not? I postulate that the next 20 years may see enough advances in the emerging industry of “Robonautics” and / or “Robostronomy” aka “Space Robotics” that we might just unravel and solve the riddle, or at least parts of it.
Tags: Robotics, space travel, time-space continuum, our solar system, advanced robotics and astronomy, robonautics, science technology, space robotics, robostronomy