Star Trek's Warp Drive May Actually Work (VIDEO)

Star Trek Into Darkness
Jillian Scharr

In the "Star Trek" TV shows and films, the U.S.S. Enterprise's warp engine allows the ship to move faster than light, an ability that is, as Spock would say, "highly illogical."

However, there's a loophole in Einstein's general theory of relativity that could allow a ship to traverse vast distances in less time than it would take light. The trick? It's not the starship that's moving — it's the space around it.

In fact, scientists at NASA are right now working on the first practical field test toward proving the possibility of warp drives and faster-than-light travel. Maybe the warp drive in "Star Trek Into Darkness," the franchise's latest film opening this week, is possible after all.

Story continues: Space.com

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1 comment:

  1. Except for the fact that it has been found that going into warp drive could essentially have disastrous effects for any destination you travel to with it. At that speed the ship would essentially act as a broom sweeping up any particle between the ship and it's destination, which, at that speed, when warp drive was disengaged, would hurl those particles at whatever your ship happens to be pointing to at ridiculous speeds and destroy anything in their path.