NASA-Funded Scientist Claims New Thruster Could Approach Light Speed
The concept of interstellar travel has fascinated the human race for thousands of years. The concept of interstellar travel has fascinated the human race for thousands of years. Discoveries made in the last century, however, have both bolstered and dampened that fascination. While the number of habitable star systems available for visitation has grown. If we sent our fastest space probe to the nearest star, Alpha Centauri, it would take tens of thousands of years to arrive. However, in recent years, a number of technological models of propulsion – such as light sails pushed by lasers, ion thrusters, fusion engines, wormholes, and even hydrogen bombs – have made the concept of an interstellar probe that can travel a certain percentage of the speed of light increasingly possible.