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Gravitational corridors could help spacecraft fly across the solar system like ships on ocean currents, it was revealed today.
Scientists in the United States are trying to map the twisting 'tubes' so they can be used to cut the cost of space travel.
Each one acts like a gravitational Gulf Stream, created from the complex interplay of attractive forces between planets and moons.
Originally posted by majestictwo
reply to post by AlwaysQuestion
Nice find - I question how you would know that you were still in one of these corridors and not have drifted out. Perhaps you would slow down as other gravitational forces influence the space craft. It’s only a matter of time I suspect before its tried with an unmanned craft.
Originally posted by Phage
That's a cool visualization. No these aren't wormholes, they aren't shortcuts, you still have to cover the distance. They are just paths which would allow spacecraft to "fall" from one place to another. A good way to save fuel if you're not in a hurry.
The "portals" that open between the Sun and the Earth are not gravitational in nature. They are magnetic. They allow particles of the solar wind to enter Earth's magnetosphere.