I have come to the conclusion that man is never going to leave the solar system. A few one way trips by unmanned vehicles perhaps but never man. I’ve pretty much given up on the idea of permanent stations on the moon in my lifetime or even my son’s. While that makes me sad what really bothers me is that most people aren’t bothered by this.
Without technology beyond what we have today it just takes far too long to travel outside the solar system. Even Mars is a multi year trip. We don’t have the technology for a round trip to Mars either. Theoretically possible? Probably but I don’t see much chance of it happening in the near future.
In the 60s we landed men on the moon and brought them home. It was an exciting time. I really thought that we’d keep going and that a manned station was only a matter of time. Today we haven’t been back in almost 41 years. There seems to be little interest in sending men back and even less in a moon base. Well except for science fiction fans like myself.
Science fiction is full of stores with faster than light flight or at least ways around the limitation of that speed with wormholes or such nonsense. There doesn’t seem to be any indication that any of this is even possible though. So no way we’re getting out of this solar system reasonably.
BTW this means that there are not space aliens visiting up either. That doesn’t bother me. I don’t believe there is life out there anyway.
But boy would I like to see us explore new worlds.