Why NASA May Have Just Discovered Star Wars Technology
Has the speed of light barrier finally been broken?
According to the Tech Times, NASA have apparently stumbled upon a method that could propel us into a new era of space travel. A team at NASA have reported that they have accelerated particles to fast than the speed of light using their EmDrive Resonance chamber.
The theory of Special Relativity, originally proposed by Albert Einstein in 1905, is generally accepted as the physical theory regarding space and time and one that states the speed of light is the maximum speed all matter can travel in the universe. Breaking this barrier opens up a whole realm of possibilities.
Furthering the theory of Special Relativity however we come across Einstein’s famous equation E = mc². An article from How Stuff Works simplifies the equation by saying that E=energy, m=mass and c=speed of light. Mass and energy are one and the same therefore each can be changed into the other.
So, the more energy an object has, the faster it travels, its mass will increase. As we approach the speed of light, 186,000 miles per second, the objects mass becomes infinite and because of this so does the energy needed to move it. Think the unstoppable force meets the immovable object, one cannot exceed the other. So no normal object that we know of can travel faster.
What NASA have said is that they fired lasers into the EmDrive Resonance Chamber to accelerate particles, with some moving faster than the speed of light. This has, apparently, created a warp bubble. So we are in Star Wars territory here. I’m going to go into speculation here but I think what this means is not necessarily moving faster than the speed of light, but rather the ability to move space around you.
You see time and space are linked, by going the speed of light time slows down, for example if you travelled 90% the speed of light, time would be halved. If an object literally cannot move faster, then maybe it doesn’t but rather gives time and space a bit of a shake up and we wind up with a warp bubble that lets us shift time and space around us to get where we want to go instantaneously. I could be wrong but it’s an interesting thought. Certainly more interesting than the Fusion Engine they are currently working on, although that is still pretty cool.
The universe is made up of 4.6 % baryonic matter; this is what we know and what we can see such as galaxies, 23% dark matter; matter that doesn’t emit or absorb light or other forms of energy but we know exists because something is exerting massive gravitational forces on what we can see, and finally 72% is made up of dark energy; we have no idea what this is.
Basically we know nothing about the universe yet and as a result special relativity could end up being codswallop, we might have just not discovered or created anything that can travel faster than the speed of light yet. Maybe if we discover how to harness all this unknown energy we could actually move space around us.
What NASA have seemingly done is really, really interesting however. They could be onto something astronomical. Literally. If they can find a way to make it stable, who knows maybe we could be on the way to a five year mission exploring strange new worlds and seeking out new life forms. For now though, I think a fitting end to this article is in the words of Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ ‘Californication’, space maybe the final frontier but it’s made in a Hollywood basement…for now at least.