Do you believe it will be possible to travel close to the speed of light?

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  1. one2get2no profile image73
    one2get2noposted 9 years ago

    Do you believe it will be possible to travel close to the speed of light?

  2. Patty Inglish, MS profile image89
    Patty Inglish, MSposted 9 years ago

    The NASA John Glenn center in Cleveland OH is experimenting with this concept right now - actually, they are attempting to surpass the speed of light and to develop teleportation. 

    FTL or Faster Than Light speed may be possible or not, but it is exciting to read about their research, especially with the information available through our state's university and aerospace networks, Wright Patterson AFB, and the Civil Air Patrol.

    Teleportation is tricky, because atoms change minutely during the process, reportedly having to do with polarity and electron spin. I don't know that we can accomplish this transportation safely for humans.

    Thanks for the question.

    1. Robert the Bruce profile image61
      Robert the Bruceposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      An important point sticks out here: Whether attaining that speed is possible or not, we should never stop trying to push the boundaries of science. This is the only we can progress in knowledge.

    2. Patty Inglish, MS profile image89
      Patty Inglish, MSposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      That's right. Some researchers at Glenn feel that without breaking light speed, we cannot hope to travel beyond Jupiter and return in a lifetime.

    3. Robert the Bruce profile image61
      Robert the Bruceposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      According Dr. to Stephen Hawking (Into the Universe, 2010), humans will eventually need to leave the earth to avoid destruction by the sun. Traveling at the speed of light would probably be necessary to find a habitable planet.

    4. teaches12345 profile image77
      teaches12345posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Thank for posting the question. I am not surprised NASA is on this as we speak. It's all so fascinating.

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    scottcgruberposted 9 years ago

    Doubtful. There are no known technologies capable of accelerating a spacecraft to anywhere near the speed of light. Even if we were somehow able to get the ship moving at .9c (9/10ths of the speed of light) collisions with interstellar hydrogen gas and other matter would bathe the astronauts in a lethal dose of x-Rays and gamma rays. And, of course, there would be the problem of slowing the spacecraft down once you reached your destination.

    There's also the hypothetical possibility of creating an Alcubierre drive, or warp drive. This would move a spacecraft by bending space time into a bubble around the ship and then accelerating the bubble to near light speed (or even faster than light speed). Some physicists at NASA are doing some research on this, but there's little chance it will actually work. Warping space time would require negative mass and negative energy, which are only hypothetical.

    So while it's not impossible to travel near the speed of light, it's very very very unlikely.

  4. Knoggin profile image63
    Knogginposted 9 years ago

    I think it very possible. However the conventional propulsion system will not make that possible.

    What if light emission could be used as a form of propulsion to push the vehicle or magnetism to pull the the vehicle to the target destination.
    I think the unique particle frequency of each object would make possible to generate electromagnetic pulses that will attract to the target while repelling it from the origin. The universe has a natural magnetism that can be harnessed and directed.

    Laser and maser technology i think is a bit more feasible launch technology based on today's advancement with these methods.

  5. Diana Lee profile image80
    Diana Leeposted 9 years ago

    I think anything is possible.  We have come along ways in a hundred years.  Another hundred years and who knows maybe time travel will be like walking through an open door into another century.

  6. manatita44 profile image71
    manatita44posted 9 years ago

    From the standpoint of the Yogi. Light comes from God. Science comes from God. All things are from and of the Divine. There is nothing outside of the Supreme. Since the goal is to merge or become one with God, then we will one day as individuals, merge in Love or Light and become the same. Where then is the question of speed?.

    The answer lies in the embodiment of knowledge, not in intellectual knowledge. In other words, in the experience of God, not in theory. It is the quest of man and has been the same from time immemorial. I cannot do this for you. The answer lies in meditation.

  7. Say Yes To Life profile image80
    Say Yes To Lifeposted 9 years ago

    In Star Trek, people's atoms break apart and reassemble at their destination.  In Harry Potter, people disapparate.  Both are fantasy.  When we can figure out how to do this for real, we'll be able to travel faster than the speed of light.

  8. Seafarer Mama profile image78
    Seafarer Mamaposted 9 years ago

    Yes, I think it is possible. I wonder if society needs to be ready for it in order for science to make that breakthrough.


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