posted on Mar, 15 2009 @ 12:12 AM
I'd go, where do we sign up at?
Really, though (theoretically typing) if a crew left and went on their journey to colonize at or near lightspeed, they would arrive at their
destination in a matter of years to them (depending on where the destination was located). The destination, however, would have aged at regular
speed, leaving the possibility for all types of different time lines. If it were indeed colonized at that point by a more advanced race that now (in
the future) knows how to travel faster, it would indeed be time travel into the future, becaus so many events happened at normal speed as opposed to
the astronauts light speed journey.
I think it would be pretty neat to sacrifice a couple of years of traveling at light speed to end the mission on a planet that is colonized, possibly
thriving, and possibly thousands of years into the future. Though, I have to think, it could be very scary if the outcome were different. The place
could be inhabited by a different species of beings, could be hostile, could be us, but evolved to where the astronauts are obsolete. Even worse,
when they slow and start to find their destination, it could be gone altogether, as in destroyed by a meteor or solar flare or a multitude of other
events. Fascinating to think about none-the-less.
Also, just a thought, but how would someone determine the speed of absolute zero? As in the fact that all things in the universe are moving, how
would one determine how fast they are actually going? It sould be that we are actually moving at or near the speed of light right now, and everything
in advance of that is just that much faster. Very doubtful, but I find myself wondering that when I think of this type of subject. Also if you left
Earth and traveled into space and then stopped, would you be going slower than when you were stopped on Earth?