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Challenges of Manned Interstellar Travel

  • Nick KanasEmail author
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Part of the Science and Fiction book series (SCIFICT)

Abstract

The scientific information in Part II discusses the challenges of an interstellar mission based on an extensive literature review. It links these challenges to specific episodes in the novel that comprises Part I. Issues that are considered include interstellar propulsion systems, economic considerations of interstellar flight, psychological and sociological factors inherent in a multigenerational space mission, problems with suspended animation, current knowledge of exoplanets, and issues related to colonizing a distant planet and the possible discovery of extraterrestrial life. A history of interstellar missions in science fiction is also reviewed.

Keywords

Science Fiction Slime Mold Habitable Zone Distant Star Suspended Animation 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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  1. 1.Professor Emeritus (Psychiatry)University of California, San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA

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