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Re: starship-design: Re: Starship design

KellySt@aol.com writes:
 > >Of course, this isn't very helpful for the return trip unless the
 > >travelers can build a boost beam in their target system, but I believe
 > >that among the other advances needed for interstellar travel, we'll have
 > >to advance past the notion that explorers should always return from
 > >their trips.
 > ?! This is an advance?  Throwing away a ship and crew to save fuel costs?

Kelly, human history is full of explorers going on one-way trips,
even intentionally.  Just because such a project wouldn't be likely to
get funding from a paranoid hide-bound NASA doesn't mean that it
couldn't happen under different cultural conditions.