NASA is actually working on a faster than light warp drive, but it might blow up any planet it travels to
Faster than light (FTL) travel has always been a hallmark of science fiction, but buzz kill scientists have always said the concept was impossible because it violates the cardinal rule of Einstein’s relativity, namely that the very building blocks of the universe mean that nothing can go faster than light.
Now NASA may have found a loophole, enabling them to travel to distant stars that are several light years away, all without violating relativity. The only problem? It might blow up whatever is waiting at its destination.
Anywhere on Earth in four hours? Top-secret Skylon space plane could replace jets and rockets, company claims
A small British company with a dream of building a re-usable space plane has won an important endorsement from the European Space Agency (ESA) after completing key tests on its novel engine technology.
Reaction Engines Ltd believes its Sabre engine, which would operate like a jet engine in the atmosphere and a rocket in space, could displace rockets for space access and transform air travel by bringing any destination on Earth to no more than four hours away. (Wikimedia)
I want this.
i’ve got goosebumps.
Last weekend, the last shuttle went on its last mission ever.
The shuttle Endeavour went from Los Angeles International Airport to the California Science Center last weekend. The trip took two days as NASA engineers working with utility crews, police and other personnel moved the shuttle through the streets of the city of angles.
With the parking of this shuttle, so ends the 30 year mission of the shuttle program. The end of an era of regular, United States-led space travel. The success of the shuttle program is so well known and the image of the shuttle so iconic, it’s almost surreal to see it sharing the same screen as Randy’s Donuts or Roscoe’s chicken and waffles.
This time lapse video of the shuttle’s journey is moving and jaw-dropping. I don’t often say this, but if you watch only one online video this week, it should be this one.
Space Shuttle Endeavour Flies from Texas to California
Space shuttle Endeavour is en route from Texas to Edwards Air Force Base in California’s Mojave Desert. Instagrammers captured photos from the shuttle’s departure in Houston and its flyover of Austin. The shuttle is expected to land at Edwards Air Force Base Friday after a visit to the Bay Area between 9 and 10AM that morning.
Endeavour was the replacement for the destroyed Challenger shuttle. It made its debut in 1992 and flew 25 times in space before retiring.
After spending dozens of sol’s (Martian Days) with a transparent cap over the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), NASA finally flips open the cover and looks around with full clarity.
Now, the true power of MAHLI has been unleashed, allowing us some of the most beautifully detailed images of NASA’s rover in her natural habitat.
Yesterday the International Space Station, having battled electrical malfunctions for over a week, was repaired by a combination that MacGuyver himself would have been proud of: an allen wrench, a wire brush, a bolt … and a toothbrush.
Read more. [Image: NASA]
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