posted on Jul, 18 2013 @ 09:41 PM
Just watched a docu about space travel and it got me thinking…not always a good thing LOL
If we could build a ship that could achieve 99.999% the speed of light it would take it eight earth years to reach Alpha Centauri.
For those on the ship time would slow down and their travel time would be just 44 days.
I’m not a mathmagician so I may be wrong on rest of this, but I assume if we went at half the speed of light the travel time would be 88 days for
those on the ship, and 16 years would go by on earth?
At one eighth the speed of light travel time on ship would be 352 days, and earth time would be 64 years.
So, at one eighth the speed of light a round trip would be about 2 years for those on board the ship, and 128 years would have gone by on earth.
Realizing that time slows down for those travelling at great speed the idea of space travel seems a little more reasonable.
How difficult would it be to reach one eighth the speed of light?
What is the maximum speed that can be obtained by slingshotting of the planets or the sun? or maybe the entire solar system?
The Hadron collider accelerates particles to almost light speed. Could we build one in space but make it straight rather than circular, and use it to
send a ship to far away places?