To me, it's less a feat of technology, and more of shear dumb luck, that Voyager is still function properly.
As for space travel? Short of finding some sort of mass relay device on mars, a'la Mass Effect....
We're stuck in our solar system for a long, long time. We have trouble exploring the bottom of our ocean. The galaxy? Forget it. It's not about finding ways to go fast...we can do that, I've no doubt. Safely?
Not so much.
"Half full or half empty doesn't matter. What matters is, you've only got half a glass...so what are you going to do about it?" - Me
Totally doable and if the USSR didn't fall apart we probably would have been there by now. They always ruin everything
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I'm really amazed and impressed that Voyager is still functioning and transmitting across such huge distances!
I share Dianna's disappointment about our progress in space, but maybe the demise of NASA is just a sign that our priorities here on Earth are not fit for a proper space age yet. Part of me hopes though that the ISS launches are actually secret transports going to a Moon base that will one day be revealed to everyone.
A girl can dream can't she? :P
But didn't Voyager come back from the Delta quadrant a while back?
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