”Speaking with E.T. – We’re All Ears,” will be discussed by the director of the Washington State University planetarium in a free, public presentation at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 22, in the Honors Hall lounge. Refreshments will be served.
Michael L. Allen was selected by WSU Honors College students to present the annual invited lecture sponsored by the Honors Student Advisory Council.
Allen supports the thesis that earth’s first contact with alien life will be with a technological alien species. His support is based upon the supposition that technological activity is the most pervasive type of lifelike activity that exists.
To Washington State University astrobiologist Dirk Schulze-Makuch and seven of his space-minded colleagues in an initiative called Star Voyager, it has never been enough for humans to simply dream about traveling to the stars. To them, interstellar travel is not so much a dream as it is an ultimate ambition.
With the release this month of their book, How to Develop the Solar System and Beyond: A Roadmap to Interstellar Space, the eight collaborators—scientists, engineers, economists, and assorted other professionals—lay out mankind’s plausible pathways to the stars. They present multiple scenarios for mankind’s space-faring future over the next hundred years, providing a comprehensive overview of the human, technological, and financial challenges of interstellar travel.
Among the first manned starship proposals, the Star Voyager Roadmap describes potential scenarios for our space faring future. From the development of earth-orbital operational platforms to systems of asteroid capture and deflection, the book describes the strategies and resource developments that will support and contribute to the overall goal of achieving interstellar travel. As with previous advances in space-focused technologies, new interstellar travel technologies will have benefits that advance science and technologies across the globe. Continue story →