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I do not know if I have mentioned this earlier. Ever since childhood, I have been captivated by the science of Astronomy. This dates back to my younger days in school when we used to frequent the Nehru Planetarium at Bombay (next to the Nehru Science center) with my parents and sister.

I keep watching the National Geographic series on Astronomy that comes very often. The more we hear about the mighty universe, we realize we are nothing more than a spec (even smaller than the spec) in the gigantore universe. Its an infinite world out there.

Theories are plenty about our universe. Some say it was due to a big bang (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Bang). Some others are always there to contradict theories. There are some who speculate if man (and the Americans) indeed went to the moon!

Yesterday’s series was about man making a journey to the closest star beyond our own solar system. As we all know, we live in the milky way (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milky_Way) galaxy. The largest galaxy of our group is the Andromeda galaxy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andromeda_Galaxy).

The journey to other stars would take a few generations of mankind. This is prone to all kinds of hazards. Generations need to live inside a spacecraft (or whatever we choose to call it). Fuel supply needs to be thought of making the spacecraft as light weight as possible, there should be shielding from cosmic radiations, foetus need to develop in space at zero gravity and the list is endless to make the impossible possible.

Given man’s quest for new horizons, its not far when we will have a solution to all above problems that can be envisaged.

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Written by Naveen Athresh

November 27, 2007 at 9:36 pm

Posted in Astronomy

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