‘Hundred Year Starship’ Readying For Sending Humans To Settle New Worlds

Artist concept of a Hundred Year Starship. Credit: NASA

Artist concept of a Hundred Year Starship. Credit: NASA

It sounds totally sci-fi, but NASA appears to be serious about sending humans off into space to establish colonies without any hope of returning to Earth, per this report in the Daily Mail:

NASA is planning an audacious mission to send a manned spacecraft on a one-way trip to permanently settle on other planets. The ambitious idea is known as the Hundred Years Starship and would send astronauts to colonise planets like Mars, knowing they could never come home.

NASA Ames Director Pete Worden revealed that one of NASA’s main research centres, Ames Research Centre, has received £1million funding to start work on the project. The research team has also received an additional $100,000 from Nasa.

‘You heard it here,” Worden said at ‘Long Conversation,’ an event in San Francisco. ‘We also hope to inveigle some billionaires to form a Hundred Year Starship fund.’ He added: ‘The human space program is now really aimed at settling other worlds. Twenty years ago you had to whisper that in dark bars and get fired.’

Worden said he has discussed the potential price tag for one-way trips to Mars with Google co-founder Larry Page, telling him such a mission could be done for $10 billion. He said said: ‘His response was, “Can you get it down to $1 [billion] or $2 billion?” So now we’re starting to get a little argument over the price.’

Worden also suggested that new technologies such as synthetic biology and alterations to the human genome could also be explored ahead of the mission. And he said that he believed the mission should visit Mars’ moons first, where scientists can do extensive telerobotics exploration of the planet. He claims that humans could be on Mars’ moons by 2030.

News of the Hundred Years Starship comes as new research found that a one-way human mission to Mars is technologically feasible and would be a cheaper option than bringing astronauts back. Writing in the Journal of Cosmology, scientists Dirk Schulze-Makuch and Paul Davies, say that the envision sending four volunteer astronauts on the first mission to permanently colonise Mars…

[continues in the Daily Mail]

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  • Synapse

    Bout damn time. This is how you colonize. You don’t plan a way back. You push ahead and hope that one day back and forth will be possible. If past travelers used our current strategy, no one would have discovered anything.

  • Synapse

    Bout damn time. This is how you colonize. You don’t plan a way back. You push ahead and hope that one day back and forth will be possible. If past travelers used our current strategy, no one would have discovered anything.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    There shall be a vast fleet of them…each filled with a mix of our our finest minds! And then there shall be one special one…more attractive than all the other ships, with greater personal comforts and a status difference marking it as the ride of choice…

    …it shall be filled with Fundamentalists and Neo-Conservatives…and we will fire it in the opposite direction from all the others…(don’t worry…they won’t catch on…they don’t know that much science)…thereby improving life upon the new planets the rest of us find by a thousandfold!

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    There shall be a vast fleet of them…each filled with a mix of our our finest minds! And then there shall be one special one…more attractive than all the other ships, with greater personal comforts and a status difference marking it as the ride of choice…

    …it shall be filled with Fundamentalists and Neo-Conservatives…and we will fire it in the opposite direction from all the others…(don’t worry…they won’t catch on…they don’t know that much science)…thereby improving life upon the new planets the rest of us find by a thousandfold!

  • AL

    are you serious!! Quit the outerspace junk and solve the finasncial mess here on Earth for a change!! Get a Life, NASA!!!!

    • Starshine1995

      Sounds like job justification to me how about you?????

    • Hadrian999

      i agree, engineers and rocket scientists are just the people who can set our finances straight

  • AL

    are you serious!! Quit the outerspace junk and solve the finasncial mess here on Earth for a change!! Get a Life, NASA!!!!

  • Starshine1995

    You think you own what ever land you land on. The same thing happened to the American Indians. How totally sad that man never learns a thing. Just if you want it… take it. :-(

    • Hadrian999

      it is how it works. If you can’t hold on to something it isn’t yours.
      weather or not this is how it should work is another question.

  • Starshine1995

    You think you own what ever land you land on. The same thing happened to the American Indians. How totally sad that man never learns a thing. Just if you want it… take it. :-(

  • Starshine1995

    Sounds like job justification to me how about you?????

  • Hadrian999

    i agree, engineers and rocket scientists are just the people who can set our finances straight

  • Hadrian999

    it is how it works. If you can’t hold on to something it isn’t yours.
    weather or not this is how it should work is another question.

  • WildDragon

    I am glad that they have finally got their shebeze’s in gear!!!! We Need to Colonize! Or Else we are doomed to extention…. we as a race have set in motion the death of our home… if we are to survive…. we must explore and colonize!!!

  • WildDragon

    I am glad that they have finally got their shebeze’s in gear!!!! We Need to Colonize! Or Else we are doomed to extention…. we as a race have set in motion the death of our home… if we are to survive…. we must explore and colonize!!!

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