The Feasibility of Prolonged Space Travel

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The Feasibility of Prolonged Space Travel My scientifically accurate sci-fi paper will focus on long term space travel on a future mission to a distant exoplanet, such as the recently discovered Kepler-186f, that is thought to be habitable for human life and later colonization. The astronauts travelling to the exoplanet will have to deal with the effects of space travel such as radiation on their bodies, both physically and psychologically. The goal of the mission will be to scope out the environment of the exoplanet to either confirm or deny the existence of life on the exoplanet as well as to evaluate in person whether or not it is habitable for human life. There will be obstacles such as asteroids in the path to the exoplanet that the astronauts will have to overcome using their scientific knowledge of space travel and propulsion. In addition to these obstacles will be issues related to fuel and food supply, making the journey even more hazardous and causing the astronauts to think critically in order for the mission to be a success, especially if they plan to attempt to make a return trip. World renowned physicist Stephen Hawking believes that in order for the human race to survive, it must look to space for a new place to live [1]. He believes that the earth is too fragile to rely on and that if humans limit themselves solely to this one planet, the future existence of humanity may be in jeopardy. Many scientists, such as NASA Administrator Michael Griffin,

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