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Welcome to Mars express: journey time three hours
IAN JOHNSTON SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
AN EXTRAORDINARY "hyperspace" engine that could make interstellar space travel a reality by flying into other dimensions is being investigated by the United States government.
The hypothetical device, which has been outlined in principle but is based on a controversial theory about the fabric of the universe, could potentially allow a spacecraft to travel to Mars in three hours and journey to a star 11 light years away in just 80 days, according to a report in today's New Scientist magazine.
The theoretical engine works by creating an intense magnetic field that, according to ideas first developed by the late scientist Burkhard Heim in the 1950s, would produce a gravitational field and result in thrust for a spacecraft.
Also, if a large enough magnetic field was created, the craft would slip into a different dimension, where the speed of light is faster, allowing incredible speeds to be reached. Switching off the magnetic field would result in the engine reappearing in our current dimension.
Originally posted by Rasobasi420
The world is going to blow up in 2012, and my only consolation was that if I died, all those sum-bitch secret societies and government agents would die with me. Now, instead, they have a way out, and probably a place to go. They'll just go to the Grey's home world and farm.
However, if none of that stuff is true, this could bring about a whole new world. A world similar to star treck, but the uniforms will be cooler.
What is the chance that one discarded theory from the 1950's---well string theory and even quarks---and undoubtedly far outside the mainstream of physics is correct?
Also, if a large enough magnetic field was created, the craft would slip into a different dimension, where the speed of light is faster, allowing incredible speeds to be reached.
Perhaps some form of a destabilized vacuum has a refractive index (an imaginary refractive index?) that permits for a speed of light faster than that in a vacuum).
Originally posted by sardion2000
Also wouldn't Causality be violated if this works? Could bring in the specter of Time travel.