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NASA starts building faster-than-light warp engine
rt.com ^ | 7/24/13 | Rt.com

Posted on 07/24/2013 11:36:33 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda

NASA starts building faster-than-light warp engine Get short URL Published time: July 23, 2013 19:06 Edited time: July 24, 2013 14:39

Researchers at NASA’s Texas-based Johnson Space Center are trying to prove that it is possible to travel faster than the speed of light, and hope to one day build an engine that resembles the fictional Starship Enterprise.

NASA physicist and engineer Dr. Harold G. White, 43, believes it is possible to bend the rules of time and space that Albert Einstein constructed when he postulated that it is impossible to exceed the speed of light.

White's research is based on the theories of Mexican physicist Miguel Alcubierre, who in 1994 theorized that exceeding Einstein’s galactic speed limit was possible if scientists discovered a way to harness the expansion and contraction of space. And Harold and his team are trying to do just that.

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But before it ever gets done Obama will cut the budget and Scotty will be going nuts with repairs.


1 posted on 07/24/2013 11:36:33 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

If it is faster than light, how can they keep up with it to build it....


2 posted on 07/24/2013 11:39:34 AM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

I call BS.

Never saw any NASA logos on the Enterprise.


3 posted on 07/24/2013 11:39:43 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Ye cannoh change the laws of PHYSICS, Cap’n.


4 posted on 07/24/2013 11:40:00 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Can’t NASA complete the prior mission before going off and spending money on a new one?

I want to know how the current project is going... the one that is in search for extra-terrestrial 72-virgin life?


5 posted on 07/24/2013 11:40:30 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: humblegunner
I call BS.

Double Bump!

6 posted on 07/24/2013 11:42:49 AM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
Do you think they will ever discover the salt monster out there?


7 posted on 07/24/2013 11:42:52 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: All

scientific advancement is linear is small steps... we can’t just jump to warp technology with out discoveries in between.

imagine going back to the stone ages and trying to build a radio.


8 posted on 07/24/2013 11:43:01 AM PDT by VAFreedom (maybe i should take a nap before work)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

9 posted on 07/24/2013 11:43:50 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
are trying to prove that it is possible to travel faster than the speed of light,

Without any shred of evidence that it's possible to do so, they're going to "try to prove" something by building something??

10 posted on 07/24/2013 11:44:15 AM PDT by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

That’s a really stupid headline. The very basic research they are doing is not even close to any application. What they are doing is building a device to research how to alter the trajectory of photons in certain ways. All the other hype is based on the implications of the concepts involved if taken to the nth degree.

I really hate irresponsible media hype.


11 posted on 07/24/2013 11:47:03 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
Well the skunk works is usually 30-50 years ahead of what is publically released....

We probably already have these...

Given the way government works and what we learned about the NSA.... the people who have been saying we have moon bases are probably wrong, we probably have bases on mars and alpha centari too.....

12 posted on 07/24/2013 11:47:06 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

So, what happens when you run into a speck of cosmic dust at that speed? Hmmm.....


13 posted on 07/24/2013 11:47:40 AM PDT by The Duke
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To: ElkGroveDan

And I’m not sure why they do it. At best it’ll make some people interested in science. At worst it’ll bring out the ‘aww hell, those nasa boys are wasting our money again’ types.


14 posted on 07/24/2013 11:48:29 AM PDT by Monty22002
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Can’t we solve global warming before we control space time?


15 posted on 07/24/2013 11:48:59 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: VAFreedom
imagine going back to the stone ages and trying to build a radio.

You's probably freak someone out!


16 posted on 07/24/2013 11:50:35 AM PDT by Gamecock (Member: NAACAC)
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To: Raycpa

And don’t they need to worry about getting more Muslims in space, first?


17 posted on 07/24/2013 11:51:02 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: left that other site

Government underpants gnomes:
1) violate Einstein’s field equations
2) ?
3) profit


18 posted on 07/24/2013 11:51:29 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Lou L

“Without any shred of evidence that it’s possible to do so, they’re going to “try to prove” something by building something??”

Good point. I wonder if NASA’s primary responsibility, muzlim outreach, influenced this innovative thinking


19 posted on 07/24/2013 11:52:01 AM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: left that other site

If you don’t understand them as well as you think you do, you don’t change them. You change you.


20 posted on 07/24/2013 11:52:13 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Kill the bill... Begin enforcing our current laws, signed by President Ronald Reagan.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

They just need to use the gravcity-wave engine Bob Lazaar worked on at Area 51 from the crashed alien spacecraft


21 posted on 07/24/2013 11:53:09 AM PDT by Mr. K (4 election)
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To: left that other site

“Need cavitation, Captain. We need that cavitation so time inside the bubble cannot take hold, before we can trigger the warp drive, Captain. I dunna have a magic wand, Captain, got ta have that cavitation first.”


22 posted on 07/24/2013 11:53:29 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Don’t worry, it doesn’t work. Faster-than-light speed and the resulting time travel didn’t happen until March 2026. Don’t ask how I know that.


23 posted on 07/24/2013 11:53:29 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

They just need to use the gravcity-wave engine Bob Lazaar worked on at Area 51 from the crashed alien spacecraft

(and just for the record, I do believe it is true 100% - NOT kidding)


24 posted on 07/24/2013 11:53:35 AM PDT by Mr. K (4 election)
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To: Lou L

As I understand it, the theory predicts that although it is impossible for matter to exceed the speed of light, it IS possible for a parcel of spacetime to do so, and effectively carry along anything inside it at faster-than-light speed. The “drive” they are working on is dealing with microscopic amounts of matter. Assuming it actually works, spaceflight applications are very, very far off. But there are more readily accessible applications in the fields of computers and communication.


25 posted on 07/24/2013 11:53:52 AM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
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To: The Duke

Better have good replacement insurance on your windshield! OH and a glass company that makes LONG DISTANCE repairs!


26 posted on 07/24/2013 11:54:03 AM PDT by Mom MD (A million people attended Obamas inauguration. 14 of them actually missed work)
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To: MichaelCorleone

I think I heard of a guy trying to build a time machine in the same way.

He said he’d know when it worked when someone from the future appeared in his lab.


27 posted on 07/24/2013 11:54:24 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: ElkGroveDan
That’s a really stupid headline.

I could not agree more. It's total embellished hype to get people to read it.

28 posted on 07/24/2013 11:54:49 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
Can you say

BOONDOGGLE

And people wonder why I'm critical of NASA. We have this, and the proposal to kill barred owls to allow spotted owls more mice. We have the executive prosecution of Zimmerman, We have police managing to violate the third amendment, etc. Just when you think it can't get any more absurd, the government proves that it CAN get more absurd. If they're going to waste mone (if ha ha) then why not fo it in style like a bridge to nowhere in Ketchikan Alaska (Oops they've already done that)

29 posted on 07/24/2013 11:55:35 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

They have already perfected the FTL drive. It burns money at twice the speed of light.


30 posted on 07/24/2013 11:56:06 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama: the bearded lady of Muslim Brotherhood))
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To: VAFreedom
imagine going back to the stone ages and trying to build a radio.

Isn't that when they only had crystal radios?

I had one of those--clipped its antenna to my metal headboard and picked up a lot of stations.

31 posted on 07/24/2013 11:56:44 AM PDT by Auntie Dem (Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Terrorist lovers gotta go!)
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To: SpaceBar

Sounds like Ferengi Philosophy.

Sometimes the Laws of Physics Intersect With The Laws of Acquisition.


32 posted on 07/24/2013 11:57:36 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
E=MC2

meets

PiN3SKi

Seems like an interesting idea, especially at a time when we can't get our own people off the planet,
and we're hurtling like a herd of turtles to fix it.

33 posted on 07/24/2013 11:57:57 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Kill the bill... Begin enforcing our current laws, signed by President Ronald Reagan.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
Misleading title.

The only thing NASA is doing is looking for more money by proposing another pie-in-the-sky idea that the government is (in)famous for.

As long as 0-bomb-a is running the show, NASA will be nothing more than a political dog and pony show.

34 posted on 07/24/2013 11:58:37 AM PDT by airborne (MY HEROES DON'T WEAR CAPES. MY HEROES WEAR DOG TAGS ! ! !)
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To: DoughtyOne

Yeah...I’ve been going through a lot of changes lately.


35 posted on 07/24/2013 11:58:54 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: MHGinTN

LOL!


36 posted on 07/24/2013 11:59:21 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: left that other site

Sorry..., me too.


37 posted on 07/24/2013 12:01:11 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Kill the bill... Begin enforcing our current laws, signed by President Ronald Reagan.)
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To: Billthedrill

I’d rather have a flux capacitor to go back and undo the last 30 years or so of political hacks.


38 posted on 07/24/2013 12:02:10 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: GraceG

What are those?


39 posted on 07/24/2013 12:04:14 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

and this is going to make Muslims feel better about themselves HOW exactly?


40 posted on 07/24/2013 12:05:05 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: VAFreedom

Or building a computer with stone knives and a bear skin.


41 posted on 07/24/2013 12:05:26 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: The Duke
So, what happens when you run into a speck of cosmic dust at that speed? Hmmm.....Good question. Space is not a vacuum. I don't think that running into small rocks at that speed, would work out real well.
42 posted on 07/24/2013 12:05:43 PM PDT by Mark17 (This creepy a$$ cracker is retiring in the Philippines)
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To: Mark17

Darn HTML


43 posted on 07/24/2013 12:06:30 PM PDT by Mark17 (This creepy a$$ cracker is retiring in the Philippines)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Once again the star trek time line history has been tampered with. No mention of Zefram Cochran at all.


44 posted on 07/24/2013 12:07:41 PM PDT by xp38
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To: ElkGroveDan

Agreed, they are attempting proof of concept. That’s a looooong way from building a practical device.


45 posted on 07/24/2013 12:09:44 PM PDT by Jack of all Trades (Hold your face to the light, even though for the moment you do not see.)
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To: left that other site
Ye cannoh change the laws of PHYSICS, Cap’n.

It's all theoretical. BUT.... I have been trying to follow some of the subatomic research that they have been doing. In layman's terms (which is all I can offer on this subject), scientists have been mystified by how certain subatomic particles can be in two places at once. Quantum Mechanics/physics are starting to suggest that there may be another set of laws for physics at the subatomic level, including faster than light speeds (it explains why certain particles can be observed in two places at once).

It's all nerdy stuff. But imagine a universe within the confines of an atom. Whoa! Now scale up that atom to the size of our solar system. Beam me up, Scotty.

We'll be long dead before these fun things come to pass. Either that, or we'll kill ourselves figuring it out. Either way, Weeeeeeeee! lol

46 posted on 07/24/2013 12:12:18 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (If the government told us to expect rain, I'd schedule an outdoor wedding.)
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To: The Duke

The idea is that you won’t run into anything. By literally bending the fabric of space/time, you make a transfer point where your present location and desired destination are at the same point or close enough for practical travel.

Think of it as creating a “tunnel” between the Earth and Jupiter where we can walk into one end of the tunnel and walk out of the other end of the tunnel and be in the orbit of Jupiter. The length of that tunnel is technically finite.

It’s similar to 4 dimensional travel where you attach two points on a strip of paper and create a mobius.


47 posted on 07/24/2013 12:12:59 PM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Auntie Dem

“I had one of those—clipped its antenna to my metal headboard and picked up a lot of stations. “

Ha! I had one of those. Clipped it to my bed springs. Used to listen to Mad Daddy in Cleveland, until he aired a rather “dirty” rhyme.
‘”Hang Loose, Mother Goose, Your ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,juice.”


48 posted on 07/24/2013 12:13:13 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: The Duke
So, what happens when you run into a speck of cosmic dust at that speed? Hmmm.....

At that speed, it happened in the future, so nobody will ever know about it....

49 posted on 07/24/2013 12:14:02 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (If the government told us to expect rain, I'd schedule an outdoor wedding.)
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To: left that other site

you assume we KNOW all the laws of physics

There may still be things to learn, like gravity wave propulsion (not prohibitted by Einstein’s equations)


50 posted on 07/24/2013 12:14:25 PM PDT by Mr. K (4 election)
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