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Faster than light?
 
Darkestedge  posted on Jan 20, 2009 5:55:42 PM - Report post

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Heh, that close?
 
AdmiralThrawn  posted on Jan 20, 2009 5:57:25 PM - Report post

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Apparently so. Still, getting there in a 747 would take a far longer time than Humans have so far existed.

 
killerinca  posted on Jan 20, 2009 5:58:13 PM - Report post

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Lol, huge is an understatement. Just to get to Pluto with our current technology would take many, many years of living in a spaceship. That is of course assuming nothing goes wrong such as system failure, collisions and running out of fuel. To actually get to the end of our solar system however, is a different story.

Our solar system i have read(if i remember rightly) is FAR larger then merely Pluto. there is alot of extra space to cover before we actually exit the solar system. Then there's the hard part. Travelling to another solar system. We are talking billions of miles(not sure how lightyears are worked out) to reach somewhere else.

Then you have to take into account finding another species that is sentient on on a suitable planet. The odds of finding that are so remote to happen its almost inconceivable. Of Course there is a good chance there is other life out there, just the chances of us finding it in space are almost nil. Even if we got hold of 'faster then light travel' it would still take decades..even centuries to get anywhere...

All in all, we are gonna be alone in space for quite some time, no matter how fast we go.

Earth Looks Big But Actually its just a Tiny Tiny drip of the universe.,
We shal never now whats beyond our solar system., against that time ., we're dead for a loooong time
i mean the children of today

 
yournobody  posted on Jan 20, 2009 8:00:54 PM - Report post

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originally posted by killerinca

quote:
originally posted by Darkestedge

Lol, huge is an understatement. Just to get to Pluto with our current technology would take many, many years of living in a spaceship. That is of course assuming nothing goes wrong such as system failure, collisions and running out of fuel. To actually get to the end of our solar system however, is a different story.

Our solar system i have read(if i remember rightly) is FAR larger then merely Pluto. there is alot of extra space to cover before we actually exit the solar system. Then there's the hard part. Travelling to another solar system. We are talking billions of miles(not sure how lightyears are worked out) to reach somewhere else.

Then you have to take into account finding another species that is sentient on on a suitable planet. The odds of finding that are so remote to happen its almost inconceivable. Of Course there is a good chance there is other life out there, just the chances of us finding it in space are almost nil. Even if we got hold of 'faster then light travel' it would still take decades..even centuries to get anywhere...

All in all, we are gonna be alone in space for quite some time, no matter how fast we go.

Earth Looks Big But Actually its just a Tiny Tiny drip of the universe.,
We shal never now whats beyond our solar system., against that time ., we're dead for a loooong time
i mean the children of today

I wouldn't say that... Just look back at how much we've progressed in just the last 100 years. Hell, look at how much we've progressed in the last 30 years. At this rate, it isn't inconceivable to think that we'll develop some kind of technology that will allow us to visit other solar systems. Whether or not that's a spaceship or something else, I don't know.

 
killerinca  posted on Jan 20, 2009 8:05:45 PM - Report post

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Maybe we dont have to be There..
maybe we just have gain the technology to kinda...put a sort of 3D solar system to our earth and zoom in on planets or so
 
mahaghshenas  posted on Jan 20, 2009 11:27:09 PM - Report post

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Let me just clarify something: Newton never said a thing about the speed of light. E=mc² was all Einstein. It's almost nearly improbable for particles to go faster than the speed of light. There's an exception for tachyons and spacetime disruptions (intense gravity).

I'm not willing to say it's flat-out impossible to go faster than the speed of light because that's already quite fast. Most physicists agree that space traverse is not the best method for exploring space. It takes too long. Even if you go the speed of light or faster, time is still relative. As such, going so fast distorts spacetime around you. To anyone inside a spaceship, for example, the trip will be very fast. To everything around them, however, spacetime will have become so distorted that many years will have passed before they got to their destination. Even going at the speed of light, it would still take 4.7 years to get to the closest star.

Because of the incredible amount of time it takes to even travel a small ways, they say that we won't be exploring the universe in spaceships. That's just assuming that we'll be able to achieve that level of technology and understanding of physics.

Ummm...
Sorry my mistake.

 
endersblade  posted on Jan 21, 2009 1:16:29 PM - Report post

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Not gonna happen in our lifetime...if ever

Best keep your mind on the present reality, not pipedreams.

If everyone thought like you, you wouldn't even be able to type that post.

 
Elite  posted on Jan 21, 2009 1:25:34 PM - Report post

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quote:
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originally posted by Darkestedge

Lol, huge is an understatement. Just to get to Pluto with our current technology would take many, many years of living in a spaceship. That is of course assuming nothing goes wrong such as system failure, collisions and running out of fuel. To actually get to the end of our solar system however, is a different story.

Our solar system i have read(if i remember rightly) is FAR larger then merely Pluto. there is alot of extra space to cover before we actually exit the solar system. Then there's the hard part. Travelling to another solar system. We are talking billions of miles(not sure how lightyears are worked out) to reach somewhere else.

Then you have to take into account finding another species that is sentient on on a suitable planet. The odds of finding that are so remote to happen its almost inconceivable. Of Course there is a good chance there is other life out there, just the chances of us finding it in space are almost nil. Even if we got hold of 'faster then light travel' it would still take decades..even centuries to get anywhere...

All in all, we are gonna be alone in space for quite some time, no matter how fast we go.

Earth Looks Big But Actually its just a Tiny Tiny drip of the universe.,
We shal never now whats beyond our solar system., against that time ., we're dead for a loooong time
i mean the children of today

I wouldn't say that... Just look back at how much we've progressed in just the last 100 years. Hell, look at how much we've progressed in the last 30 years. At this rate, it isn't inconceivable to think that we'll develop some kind of technology that will allow us to visit other solar systems. Whether or not that's a spaceship or something else, I don't know.

We have two world wars to thank for that wars often technolgey can leap decades foward after major wars as all resources are focused on designing new weapons after the wars end the technology in these weapons can often be applied in much more peaceful methods.

The engines in space rockets and shuttles are modeled on the German V2 rocket without which we may not of ever landed on the moon.

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