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Sunday, December 22, 2019

In the sci-fi series Star Trek, spaceships rapidly travel from one part of the universe to another using warp drives. But James O'Donoghue, a former NASA scientist who's now at JAXA, animated warp-speed velocities in the solar system using the Enterprise spaceship. He posted his video on Twitter on Monday. O'Donoghue's animation shows it'd take nearly 10 seconds to reach Pluto, and 18 hours to reach the nearest star, at close to maximum warp speed.




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Looks like a waste of time develop warp speed if we plan on leaving this planet. Skip ridiculous speed and go directly to ludicrous speed.

#1 | Posted by 6thPersona at 2019-12-22 08:48 AM | Reply | Funny: 4 | Newsworthy 1

I just want warp 1..

Warp 1, or light speed, makes the Enterprise look like it's at a standstill over the sun. At this light-speed rate, the ship would take 5 hours and 28 minutes just to reach Pluto, which is about 3.67 billion miles (5.9 billion kilometers) away from the sun. Meanwhile, Proxima Centauri " the nearest star to our own " is a dismal four years and three months away.

#2 | Posted by boaz at 2019-12-22 07:26 PM | Reply

I want to live long enough to see a human step on Mars. 63 now.

#3 | Posted by Docman at 2019-12-22 08:26 PM | Reply

In the immortal words of Douglas Adams,

"Space," it says, "is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space."

#4 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2019-12-22 09:42 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"18 hours to reach the nearest star, at close to maximum warp speed."

That's not very long.

#5 | Posted by Tor at 2019-12-23 12:09 AM | Reply

"I want to live long enough to see a human step on Mars. 63 now."


Would you settle for safely landing a severed human foot on mars? That's pretty close to a human foot and will save taxpayers a lot of money!

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-12-23 12:15 AM | Reply

"18 hours to reach the nearest star, at close to maximum warp speed."

How fast is warp speed.

June 12, 2014

Thanks to a NASA physicist, the notion of warp speed might just travel out of sci-fi and into the real world. NASA's Harold White has been working since 2010 to develop a warp drive that will allow spacecraft to travel at speeds faster than light -- 186,000 miles per second.

#7 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-12-23 12:25 AM | Reply


Save more money and just send a pair of socks.

#8 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-12-23 02:09 AM | Reply

That's not very long.

#5 | Posted by Tor

It's only (only...LOL) about 4 light years away.

The galaxy is about 200,000 light years IIRC.

So to go from one side to the other, you're looking at (200,000/4) * 18 hours = 900,000 hours

Which is 37,500 days or 102.7 years.

Even without relativity, things could change dramatically in that time frame and the people who leave likely wouldn't be alive to arrive. Factor in relativity and those who leave likely won't be alive to arrive and what they were expecting (if they were expecting anything) would likely be long gone.

#9 | Posted by jpw at 2019-12-23 10:41 AM | Reply

The problem is warp 9.

Those in the know have their warp drives calibrated to "11".

#10 | Posted by Foreigner at 2019-12-23 01:10 PM | Reply



So all those UFOs visiting have been traveling a really, really long time?

#11 | Posted by moder8 at 2019-12-23 02:14 PM | Reply

"18 hours to reach the nearest star, at close to maximum warp speed."

That's not very long.



Just a typical day at the airport anymore.

#12 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-12-23 02:20 PM | Reply

The reality of space travel is we can't. It is physically impossible at this time, not because of a lack of technology, but simply the limits of the human body. Even the closest planet, Mars would take a year each way. We have had one individual who spent a year weightless on the ISS, this long exposure crippled him. He has had serious problems with his circulatory system and bone density. If we are serious about long duration space flight we will have to provide gravity for the occupants, a majority of the time. Secondly we have to learn how to create a self sustaining environment. There is a limit on how much food and oxygen you can stow on a space craft. Think how much food you eat in a year, then multiply that number of crew on the space craft. The average person eats and drinks about half a ton a year. To grow enough food to feed one individual requires about a hector of growing area.(100X100 meters). We haven't even got serious about what is required yet. When we put a garden on the moon, I will think we will be getting serious.

#13 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-12-23 04:39 PM | Reply

we have already been to Mars... NASA has confirmed it... maybe....

"I want to live long enough to see a human step on Mars. 63 now."

you missed it... alot going on in the 60s...


#14 | Posted by Pegasus at 2019-12-23 05:49 PM | Reply

....or not.....


#15 | Posted by Pegasus at 2019-12-23 06:02 PM | Reply

This is an incorrect statement. Time outside of earth simply doesn't exist. I mean what planet have sundials or clocks on it. Man made time up so he could charge for repair work at a higher rate.

#16 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2019-12-23 09:13 PM | Reply

This is an incorrect statement. Time outside of earth simply doesn't exist.

That is an incorrect statement.

Time absolutely exists outside of Earth, it's just likely to be measured by different metrics.

#17 | Posted by jpw at 2019-12-23 10:32 PM | Reply

#17 | Posted by jpw Time, as far as I understand relativity, is a function of velocity relative to the speed of light. Time stops at the speed of light and increases the slower the mass moves. At the other end of the spectrum according to quantum physics time stops at the event horizon in a black hole. At least as I understand what Stephen Hawking said in "A brief history of time". I think that there is a reason that theoretical physicist have a reputation being a little odd.

#18 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-12-24 11:37 AM | Reply

Yes, relativity changes how time is perceived.

I was thinking more about


Namely that processes like entropy changing over time gives a perception of change. And time, as we measure it, is little more than chosen patterns within that change.

#19 | Posted by jpw at 2019-12-24 11:57 AM | Reply

I don't really need to get from one end of the galaxy to the other.

I would like to visit neighboring star systems preferably with habitable planets.

I could easily handle being in a Starship for 24 hours.

#20 | Posted by Tor at 2019-12-24 06:46 PM | Reply

But you are all forgetting one Warp 'Setting': The Time Warp! www.youtube.com

#21 | Posted by MSgt at 2019-12-24 07:05 PM | Reply

The reality is we, more than likely will travel to the stars. A fact we can not ignore. Mater of any consequence can not exceed the speed of light, ever. A trip to a neighboring star will take life times, not merely years. Because of this the ship will have to provide an environment that mimics the environment on earth. This includes an entire biosphere. To maintain such will require a lot of power. The vessel will have to be bigger than anything we have ever built. The ship will probity be on a one way trip. I think that we haven't reached that level of civilization yet to put forth that sort of effort.

#22 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-12-25 03:48 PM | Reply

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