How We WIll Reach the Stars Author:John W. Macvey CAN WE TRAVEL BEYOND OUR SOLAR SYSTEM? — It's one thing for man to land on the moon. another to explore Mars. But it would take at least 215 years of human "generation travel" to reach Alpha Centauri, the nearest star. Can we some day make that journey? If so, how will it be done? — Space expert John Macvey outlines many of the latest blueprints f... more »or interstellar voyages of the future. Among the intriguing concepts he describes in detail are "suspended animation," in which space travelers would awake from a sleep centuries in length shortly before their starship reached its destination; and "time dilation," a technique utilizing vehicles with velocities approaching the speed of light.
The most fascinating - and feasible - overall plan so far devised is "generation travel," brilliantly dramatized in the concluding portion of the book, a record of the journey of the starship Columbus to Alpha Centauri, a journey in which six or seven generations of space travelers are foredoomed to die in the depths of interstellar space in order that the eighth may begin a new life on a new world.« less