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Our Star Trek Future: NASA Scientists Engineering a Warp Drive Solution for Faster Than Light Space Travel

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Our Star Trek Future: NASA Scientists Engineering a Warp Drive Solution for Faster Than Light Space Travel
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Date: Tuesday, 29-Oct-2013 22:21:28


I have no doubt that faster than light space travel is possible. Whether it will be done with "warp drive" or some other technology remains to be seen. (The answer, of course, may already be known within the confines of highly classified research projects.) One possibility is that FTL travel may be based on the same principle as consciousness itself: all points in space and time are connected. This would probably mean that FTL travel is more like an instantaneous jump from one part of the galaxy to another. Could routine interstellar travel be closer than we think?
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Our Star Trek Future: NASA Scientists Engineering a Warp Drive Solution for Faster Than Light Space Travel
Move over Star Trek! According to state-of-the art theory, a warp drive could cut the travel time between stars from tens of thousands of years to weeks or months. Harold G. White, a physicist and advanced propulsion engineer at NASA and other NASA engineers are trying to determine whether faster-than-light travel — warp drive — might someday be possible. The team has attempting to slightly warp the trajectory of a photon, changing the distance it travels in a certain area, and then observing the change with a device called an interferometer.
“Space has been expanding since the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago,” said Dr. White, 43, who runs the research project told the New York Times. “And we know that when you look at some of the cosmology models, there were early periods of the universe where there was explosive inflation, where two points would’ve went receding away from each other at very rapid speeds. Nature can do it,” he added. “So the question is, can we do it?”
In 1994, a Mexican physicist, Miguel Alcubierre, theorized that faster-than-light speeds were possible in a way that did not contradict Einstein by harnessing the expansion and contraction of space itself. Under Dr. Alcubierre’s hypothesis, a ship still couldn’t exceed light speed in a local region of space. But a theoretical propulsion system he sketched out manipulated space-time by generating a so-called “warp bubble” that would expand space on one side of a spacecraft and contract it on another.
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