Skip to comments.Did various incarnations of the starship Enterprise make space travel look too easy?
Posted on 04/23/2012 5:42:46 PM PDT by KevinDavis
In an interview with a reporter from the Associated Press, Scott Pace, the current director of the Space Policy Institute at The George Washington University and a former NASA associate administrator, was asked to comment on the April 12th failure of the North Korean rocket launch. He noted that sending a vehicle into space is still a significant technical challenge, and added, In many ways, the worst enemy of NASA is Star Trek
Captain Picard says engage and the ship moves. And people think How hard can this be? Filmmaker James Cameron supposedly made a similar comment about Star Treks depiction of space travel several years ago. This, so the argument goes, leads to unrealistic expectations in the public mind about where we should be these days on the Final Frontier. Reality has fallen far short of the galaxy-hopping future envisioned by Star Trek, and NASA takes the blame.
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It isn’t that the Enterprise moved... its that space moved. Haven’t they seen the latest Star Trek movie? sheesh
Thus the term, “science FICTION”.
Set hundreds of years in the future, the Enterprise had both impulse power and warp drive.
Comparing future, inter-stellar propulsion technologies with current North Korean rocket technology is... illogical.
“Captain Picard says engage and the ship moves.”
Star Trek - TNG “Engage”
Some things can never be repeated enough.
Make it so!
Well,....yeah. If you’re dumb enough to belive that this is science fact.
This is, after all, the same public mind that believes in Anthropogenic Global Warming.....
Everyone knows from Galaxy Quest that it is quite easy!
"Never give up. Never surrender!"
"Traveling Thru Hyperspace Ain't Like Dustin Crops Boy."
From the Starship Dimensions website.
One of my favorite movies, and one of the few with Sigourney Weaver that I actually thought she looked hot.
Imagine where we would be if we didn't have government bureaucrats.
Space travel is especially tough when you cancel your manned space program.
Did various incarnations of James Bond make getting laid look too easy ???
Geesh...what a stupid premise ...
But, yes, it's too bad people have gotten the idea we live in a Star Trek universe. In all likelihood, nothing could be further from the truth.
Even a ship with some kind of nuclear drive is going to be lifted to orbit by conventional rockets.
That's too bad because it turns out it is not such a great risk. We could be launching ships as large as the Empire State Building from the surface with crews of thousands on board. But libs once again have done everything in their power to block the advancement of the human race.
Screw NASA. Just find the Star Gate and the technology will come to us.
NASA and Star Trek killed space travel, but not in the way people think. Star Trek got nerd’s expectations way up, and when NASA proved there were no hot green skinned women to be had on the moon or mars, people kind of lost interest in space travel.
If I looked like Sean Connery his prime (and his toupee), or even Daniel Craig, it would be easy. And if I had a spacecraft with warp drive, artificial gravity, machines that produce delicious foods from random atoms and serve them up on command, and a crew half of whom are gorgeous women in miniskirts space travel would be pretty damn nice. It's called fantasy.
It’s a TV show, Jim
(as appossed to the classic, He’s dead, Jim)
However we spent three times that amount bailing out GM so they could build the Chevy Volt.
Star Trek didn't kill space travel, Politicians did.
Easy? Ask Chief Engineer(and miracle worker) Montgomery Scott if it was easy?
That flying bucket of bolts was seconds away from blowing up or burning down each and every time he would leave engineering to take a dump. And there wasn’t a single power conduit that hadn’t been rewired, cross circuited or blown out three times per episode.
Easy? Not by a long shot.
I think Star Wars wins first prize for unreal-ism in space travel, ect. The ships flew through space similar to air planes. All of them seemed to have their own gravity along with spectacular flaming explosions in the Oxygen free vacuum of outer space. I won’t even mention traveling at light speed. (I wonder what they were supposed to be fueling those things with anyway) lol
Still great fun to watch though.
I believe there are thousands of civilizations similar to ours in the billions of galaxies out there with the billions of stars in each one. However, we will never know them and they will never know us because it is impossible to break the light barrier.
The RiffTrax guys (Mike and the Bots) did a great riff on Star Trek 5. They have done a bunch of Star Trek films, actually. If you are an MST3k fan, you should check them out.
It may be... or may not be. We just need the next visionary combined with raw intellect, like Einstein.
I am convinced the light speed barrier can be broken, and when we do it, it’s going to look so simple in retrospect.
A man can dream anyway. I hope to one day not just visit another star, but maybe another galaxy. However, according to statistics, I only have about 37 years to go to see that happen, and that kind of advancement probably won’t take place by then.
Really my only hope is that we build a artificial intelligence that can tackle the problem in just a few small years.
yeah and 200-300 years ago...the though of getting into a horseless wagon with heat and music and being able to drive 60 miles in 1 hour was too easy too....
And we would be able to do that if the politicians had anything approaching a vision toward the future.
Instead, we had the "Great Society" chew up trillions while our manned space program languished.
Yes. But the programs are set far enough in the future that it should be okay.
Easy? compared to how it was in 1997
What idiot’s idea was it in the newer Star Trek movie to build the thing on the surface?
It’s impossible to break the light barrier now, with the current technology we have. I absolutely believe humans will travel faster than light in the future; how far into the future it will be, I don’t know. But how boring would it be to only achieve say, 30% of the speed of light the way we’re going?
“It can’t be done. It can never be done.”
Seems pretty depressing considering how far we’ve come in a hundred years.
Reality has fallen far short of the galaxy-hopping future envisioned by Star Trek, and Politics takes the blame.
Had politics not been present, the Air Force's shuttle design would have prevailed and none of the politially correct shuttle accidents would have happened; had politics not been present, the shuttles would not have used eco-friendly foam and not been destroyed; had politics not been present, nuclear powered engines would be common; had politics not been present, Orion might have flown in 1965 to Mars and to Venus in 1974 ... and so on.
As long as Earth politics are present, Picard will never say engage, nor will Enterprise fly.
Of course, StarTrek ships are tiny compared to Culture ships which are measured in kilometers - the largest StarTrek ship could be displaced into just one bay of a General Service Vehicle ... StarTrek ships are also much slower using ancient warp tech. Then again, StarTrek ships use obsolete computers to run them, while Culture ships use a self-aware Mind(s).
People lost interest when Apollo was canceled and replaced with the shuttle which was designed to go nowhere.
Only if you think like Einstein, James Clerk Maxwell had other ideas but Heavyside threw them out since they were field equations which he said were impossible ... the four Heavyside kept and converted to vector equations gave us the electromagnetic spectrum and, incidentally, Einstein ...
Maxwell's equations posited instantaneous travel from anyplace to anywhere, energy without end, communications without radio ... which is likely why SETI is a vain search - the “aliens” do not use it.