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    Sagan's Avatar Carl Sagan
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    How NASA might build its very first warp drive

    A few months ago, physicist Harold White stunned the aeronautics world when he announced that he and his team at NASA had begun work on the development of a faster-than-light warp drive. His proposed design, an ingenious re-imagining of an Alcubierre Drive, may eventually result in an engine that can transport a spacecraft to the nearest star in a matter of weeks — and all without violating Einstein's law of relativity. We contacted White at NASA and asked him to explain how this real life warp drive could actually work.

    The Alcubierre Drive

    The idea came to White while he was considering a rather remarkable equation formulated by physicist Miguel Alcubierre. In his 1994 paper titled, "The Warp Drive: Hyper-Fast Travel Within General Relativity," Alcubierre suggested a mechanism by which space-time could be "warped" both in front of and behind a spacecraft.

    Michio Kaku dubbed Alcubierre's notion a "passport to the universe." It takes advantage of a quirk in the cosmological code that allows for the expansion and contraction of space-time, and could allow for hyper-fast travel between interstellar destinations. Essentially, the empty space behind a starship would be made to expand rapidly, pushing the craft in a forward direction — passengers would perceive it as movement despite the complete lack of acceleration.

    White speculates that such a drive could result in "speeds" that could take a spacecraft to Alpha Centauri in a mere two weeks — even though the system is 4.3 light-years away.

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    Yay! =D
    People seem to think that this stuff will take like 300 years because of Star Trek. Notice how our touchscreen technology today far surpasses that which they were using in ST:TNG.
    The funny and odd thing, is we've no idea how......interesting the future can become and it can happen 100 years from now....or even tomorrow; we'll never quite know.
    For all we even know, aliens could visit us 2 weeks from now. Again, we don't know. That's what makes advancement so exciting.

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