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Originally posted by credible_evidence
Its all about Gravity. Understand gravity and the speed of light barrier will be broken. Einstien says you need mass for gravity but what if he was wrong. What if you could actually create gravity and manipulate it or even better focus it. Its not about traveling in a straight line on a road from point A to B, its about eliminating the road by taking route C. If we are ever to master space travel we must first fully understand the force of gravity and its relationship to space/time. The other 3 "universal forces" can be manipulated through frequency. I.E Radio waves and electromagnetic waves can be changed. If we can create our own artificial gravity wave then we'll have taken our first step towards deep space. Understaning Gravity is the key to FTL travel.
[edit on 31-1-2008 by credible_evidence]
Originally posted by blvr5
reply to post by Nohup
again, this argument against space travel revolves around the speed of light.
Lets say that teleportation is possible, what is the speed of teleportation?
My point is that yes, from what we know, light is OUR measuring stick. Thats not saying that there is nothing out there that can travel faster than light, only that light is the fastest thing WE can measure. We may not have detected an source of energy, matter, whatever that exceed the speed of light
Originally posted by TheStarMan
It's not impossible, just highly impractical. We would be dead before we even made it to the closest star....
For instance, even if we manage to travel at the speed of light, it's still impractical...
Consider a UFO starship which leaves Zeta 1 Reticuli bound for earth 37 light years away at a velocity v = O.9999c. If they made the trip at full speed all the way it would take 6 months 8.5 days of ON BOARD TIME....on board the ship they are doing immensely better than the 37 years we think of light as taking the trip.
Originally posted by crashrash
Time, what exactly is this, to us it is measured by the rotation and orbit of our planet, but this is not a constant throughout the vast reaches of the universe. .
Originally posted by Dr X
One of the arguments often used somewhat erroniously is that it would take 20 years to travel 20 light years at the speed of light.
This is actually only for the observers who stay on behind on the home planet not for the pilots of the ship. They experience a much shorter duration of the trip. At the limit of the speed of light it is instantaneous. So relativity acts in the favour of the astronauts, and avoids the need to go faster than light.
Originally posted by Benjob
There is nothing wrong with our understanding of things around us.
Units of measurement for our universe create a reference point for understanding, as our understanding increases our measurements and formula have to change and evolve. Einsteins theories were radical at the time and today are being superseeded and built upon. Its a simple progression which will lead to opening our "box" universe.
An understanding of 'what gravity is' has eluded us, I'm hoping that in my lifetime it will reveal its secrets.
Originally posted by senshido
Zeta Reticuli is 6 months away. If you're on earth, it'll take 37 years for the ship to reach the binary star system.
It took the team nine months, travelling in the alien craft to reach the Eben planet, which the US Military named Serpo
Q: "How long does the trip from Zeta Reticuli take....?"
A: "They can... do it in about 91 days."