TO BOLDLY GO…


 

Last week I had the pleasure of reading a few blog posts that drove me over the moon.

Both came from Giant Freaking Robot (giantfreakingrobot.com) and they made me drool. So because I know that several of my readers are sci-fi geeks like me, I will share the droolerific news with you.

NASA IS WORKING ON WARP DRIVE TECHNOLOGY!

English: A representation of a Star Trek Warp ...
English: A representation of a Star Trek Warp Bubble. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Are you as excited as I am?

Earlier this year I did a few posts about the contributions of science fiction to real life. Now we are living in the days of seeing life influenced by a great art.

Of course, physicists first have to come up with a warp bubble that can expand to include whatever ship they build for the first tests. Not to mention the fact of the amount of fuel necessary for such an endeavor. For the foreseeable future, I am going to be paying a lot of attention to NASA (as if I don’t already).

The main ramification, if this is successful and I believe it will be, is that instead of it taking us years to get to the nearest star, it’ll only take about two weeks. Can you imagine being able to send probes and later people to Proxima Centauri? We’d have the opportunity to witness firsthand what gravitational stresses there are in a trinary star system (Alpha Centauri A, B and Proxima Centauri). Granted Proxima isn’t close enough to the other two to be caught in their gravitational dance; however, the potential scientific discoveries are limitless.

In 2009, James Cameron’s groundbreaking movie “Pandora” depicted a gas giant with the moon of Pandora, both orbiting Alpha Centauri A. Since then, scientific teams in both the U.S. and Europe have been on the hunt to find planets in our neighboring star system. Imagine the joy when we actually arrive, via warp drive, and can finally put the question to rest.

Were he still alive, I think I can safely say that Gene Roddenberry would be ecstatic at this news. Forty-six years ago warp drive was a science fiction idea to get us from one star system to another. Now, it is becoming more than a theoretic reality. It is becoming science fact!

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