Two Other Important Questions


Therefore, we now want to attempt to show which prospects the result indicated above opens up for the future and to clarify two other existing important questions, because up to this point we have addressed only the technical side of the problem, not its economical and physiological sides. What are the practical and other advantages that we could expect from implementing space travel, and would they be sufficiently meaningful to make all the necessary, and certainly very substantial expenditures appear, in fact, to be beneficial? And, on the other hand, could human life be made possible at all under the completely different physical conditions existing in empty space, and what special precautions would be necessary in this regard?

The answer to these questions will become obvious when we examine in more detail in the following sections the prospective applications of space travel. Usually, one thinks in this context primarily of traveling to distant celestial bodies and walking on them, as has been described in romantic terms by various authors. However, regardless of how attractive this may appear, it would, in any case, only represent the final phase of a successful development of space travel. Initially, however, there would be many applications for space travel that would be easier to implement because they would not require a complete departure from the vicinity of Earth and travel toward alien, unknown worlds.


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