interstellar travel

If you aren’t sick to death of these, for “Earth is space Australia” please consider… the ocean.

Idk why but I’m super into the idea of humans going out and exploring the galaxy and becoming well-known interstellar travelers where Google Maps now has a Google Universe page and we’ve digitally recreated entire planets so that humans who can’t or don’t want to leave Earth can explore them in VR… but we still haven’t explored more than like a quarter of the ocean floor

And like some plucky alien marine biologist from a planet where the water never gets deeper than like 2000 meters is planning to study on Earth because holy shit have you seen how much WATER they have?? And her human friend asks what she wants to study and she replies “Oh, well, I’ve heard the deepest place in your ocean is over five times deeper than it is here, I’d love to find out if anything can still survive under such pressure and so far from sunlight.” And their human friend looks at them in sort of distressed admiration - “What? Why are you looking at me like that?” - and is just like,

“Oh, things can survive alright. Freakish things from the depths of hell.” And that’s how plucky little alien sits up all the night eye getting steadily wider while their human friend shows them pictures of things like the viperfish and the pelican eel and the blue ringed octopus and oh did I mention we’ve barely explored a fraction of the ocean so like we know there used to be this prehistoric shark that grew up to 20 feet long and was one of the biggest predators of all time but honestly “used to be” is an optimistic statement because that thing could still be lurking in the depths of the ocean and we just don’t know

Alternatively, hostile alien species arrives and claims our oceans because we aren’t using them, leaves screaming within a week

Having managed interstellar travel, Humanity travels through the cosmos in search of life on other planets. All they find are undoubtedly human relics on planets undoubtedly devoid of all life.

Mass Relays • The mass transit devices scattered throughout the galaxy, usually located within star systems. They form an enormous network allowing interstellar travel. Hailed as one of the greatest achievements of the extinct Protheans, a mass relay can transport starships instantaneously to another relay within the network, allowing for journeys that would otherwise take years or even centuries with only FTL drives. 

Aliens, far older than Man, figured out space travel through the use of magic. Mankind has figured out interstellar space travel far faster, and without use or knowledge of the Magical nature of the Universe. This is a cause of great curiosity and concern…

We’re Watching A New Hope

coppersam: Are there ten million fanfics that posit that the Force must have been destroyed because we are descendants of the humans from Star Wars and we can’t use the Force? Like, someone wiped out the midchlorians.
tangent: um. I don’t think so?
Ranuel: i haven’t seen any. They aren’t in our galaxy after all
Iovelyhera: this took place in a whole different galaxy.
Isgebind: How could we be descendants of the star wars dudes?
coppersam: Why wouldn’t we be? They look like us and clearly they have super fast interstellar travel, so presumably they could get here pretty easily if they ever got their shit straightened out.
tangent: the opening says, “A long long time ago in a galaxy far far away” basically, “Once upon a time. It’s space fairy tale”
coppersam: But in theory there’s no reason it can’t be, right? I figured there’d be a lot of fics/headcanons connecting them to us because we’re the ones hearing the story about the galaxy far-far-away.
Isgebind: I saw a source talking about how it was a story told something like a hundred years later with the Legend of the Starkiller (Luke).
KwehNotWark: Oh, well then I’m wondering the same thing Sam is now
coppersam: Huh, how interesting. 
tehnakki: i’ve never seen that headcanon sam
tangent: It’s not new, I just think people like space fairy tale
Isgebind: Depends on what ends of the fandom you’re in, I guess.
coppersam: I like the idea that some portion of humanity got stranded here after we finally figured out how to kill the Force.

Mass Effect: Andromeda FTL (faster than light) traveling. Since Mass Effect: Andromeda takes place long after Mass Effect 1 - 3 events - it is unclear if they are still using element zero (eezo) drive cores to create artificial gravity (mass effect fields) to push space debris away from starships.

astronaut au

so @kogane-killing​ reblogged that pic of mine with lance wearing the NASA jacket and the tag suggesting an astronaut au (srry bruh i check the tags on everything religiously.. im Weak but i also dont want to keep bringing that stupit pic up) but dAMN IT GOT ME THINKING, for like WEEKS

intro: so since i’ve entered the depths of the Voltron fandom, i’ve had the idea of a Klance interstellar au at the very back of my mind but i could never make it work right… it didnt really fit with how the movie itself runs and its all very confusing BUT

Imagine a mod au where Lance is an astronaut on a dying earth, but NASA has retreated from the public eye as budget cuts from the federal govt made them independently funded (how? good question - probs way way way before the story takes place but - yeah) 

Before Lance was tagged on to his job, NASA had begun looking seriously into space travel and have found ways for human light year travel - and with the discovery of TRAPPIST-1 in 2017, they have set their sights to human exploration of TRAPPIST planets D-F. 

Naturally, Lance volunteers.

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do you think aliens are excited about us? do you think they look at us and think, wow, this young civilization is making it’s first steps into interstellar travel. do you think they cheer us on, waiting for the day we achieve the same scientific breakthroughs they have? do you think that we’re their hope for the future of the universe? do you think that they look at us as young children, barely older than a toddler, taking baby steps into the rest of the universe, slowly making our way farther and farther, one small step at a time…

do you think aliens are waiting for us?

250 years after humanity develops interstellar travel, alien ruins are discovered in another star system. A historical archive is found and translated. The last entry reads “Species 57 has escaped from prison planet 50L-3. Evacuation has begun.”


Written by James Tynion IV and Chris Sebela

Art by Ariel Olivetti

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Story and art by Howard Chaykin

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