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Travelling to other stars




Is it possible to travel to other stars ?
According to this NASA project "Deep-In", which just received some funding, it is. Using a sail and a laser beam send out from Earth it seems to be possible to accelerate a space craft to 26 % of light speed within ten minutes. That would allow it to get to Mars in 30 minutes or to Alpha Centauri in 15 years.
Not that bad, right ?
Source: heise.de



5 blog comments below

Very interesting.
standready on Wed Feb 24, 2016 5:58 pm
Sounds awesome. I was just thinking where humanity was before desktops and smart phones made their appearance, so basically with that leap in technology, everything is possible. In a hundred years from now, people will probably travel to Mars for their vacations? Razz
deanhills on Wed Feb 24, 2016 7:19 pm
An old hunk of junk once made the kessel run in less the 12 parsec, but that was a long time ago in a galaxy far far away.
Marcuzzo on Thu Feb 25, 2016 12:07 am
Unless acknowledged, seeing humankind go amongst the stars which is the fantasy of numerous individuals, it might be a long way from today. Alpha Centauri is a measly 4.4 light years from the focal point of our close planetary system, which implies that on the off chance that we figured out how to go at only 10% of the pace of light, we could arrive in about 44 years. The speediest object humanity has ever created is the Voyager 1 shuttle, which has left our close planetary system. Its most extreme velocity is 38,610 miles for every hour. The specialty we would need to assemble would need to travel 18,628 miles for each second. There is another thought that require innovation past our present ability: controlled atomic combination power. Not at all like atomic splitting, which severs particles, combination joins them, discharging a boatload of vitality all the while. The Sun finishes the deed effectively, however people have yet to keep up a steady, self-supporting combination response. In the event that we make sense of combination, it won't just power the Earth for a large number of years, it could likewise push us to the stars.
ibraltan1 on Thu Feb 25, 2016 5:57 pm
Although we could accelerate ships enough to get to the closest stars in a few decades it is highly improbable that we found one day a viable colony in space. The planets that are most alike to our earth are way more far than the closest stars and even though it looks like the earth among certain parameters we are totally not sure of what there is on these planets. They could be like Mars : maybe suitable for life but in the actual state no life is possible on it. Plus the trip to those planets would require autonomous ships in water and food which we are not close to create
MasterOfReality on Mon Apr 04, 2016 11:11 am



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