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Name: mark e haupt
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With today's technology, how log will it take mankind to travel tothe nearest star besides the sun?

I think that's an engineering question. Try the engineering section.

J Lu

The nearest star is a little over 3 light years away light travels about 300,000 km/sec with today's technology we might be able to build a manned intersteller ship capable of 1000 km/sec (the Shuttle orbital speed is a little less than 20 km/sec) the rest is simple arithmetic (how many seconds are in a year?) (there is a tricky part to this question, and that's embodied in the words "today's technology." It's also a matter of how much money you're willing to spend to design and build such a ship. Perhaps if we spent billions and billions [apologies to Carl Sagan] of dollars, we could build a ship that could average 10,000 km/sec on its way to the Alpha Centauri star system)


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