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Old 08-28-2005, 04:53 AM   #11
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we only only have enough fuel on this planet to just get beyond our solar system. There is no way for light speed to occur and basically no need.
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Old 08-28-2005, 05:20 AM   #12
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Wow, kinda scary!
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we only only have enough fuel on this planet to just get beyond our solar system. There is no way for light speed to occur and basically no need.
Not with fuel, with anti-matter. That is created in huge particle accelerator, or something like that. As I already said, very expensive but only like a 1 cm3 of it can generate loads of energy. And yes actually there is no use for traveling with light speed yet, but it is useful for exploring the universe and when earth runs out of natural resources, or we make it a place were we can barely live because of pollution etc. then traveling with light speed is one of the only ways to move to an other planet.
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Fusion is a potential way to go. Light speed may be someday reached, but we currently don't have the resources to move large objects at the speed of light. We can do it with small particles. An example would be the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in Palo Alto, California. Operated by Stanford University for the U.S. Department of Energy, they study Photon Science, Particle and Particle Astrophysics.

Small summaries from their site:

Photon Science:
Welcome to a world of ultra-small and ultra-fast, where molecules and atoms hum, vibrate, and change states and locations in quadrillionths of a second. SLAC's synchrotron-based research program produces outstanding photon science that cuts across many disciplines. The scope of discovery potential includes previously inaccessible structural dynamics in the chemical, biological and materials sciences, generating applications in medicine, electronics, biology, solid-state physics, nanotechnology, energy production, and perhaps in fields yet to be discovered.

Particle & Particle Astrophysics:
Searching for answers to fundamental questions about the ultimate structure of matter and the forces between these fundamental particles, scientists use accelerators which speed electrons and anti-electrons to nearly the speed of light, and study their collisions and collisions from fixed target experiments. Using similar technology in astrophysics, space-based detectors will help us understand the birth and evolution of the universe.

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Old 08-29-2005, 02:42 AM   #15
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we only only have enough fuel on this planet to just get beyond our solar system. There is no way for light speed to occur and basically no need.
Actually, it's the opposite. Light speed won't use fossil fuel like ordinary combustion used in our space shuttles or cars. There is a need for light travel for the future (who knows how long, maybe like a few hundred years from now?), but if are going to be exploring the solar system or even the galaxy, we can't be using our current method of space travel. It would take years and years to reach such a short distance. Someday, when light speed is accomplished, mankind will truly take a huge step in space.

Time magazine is a very reliable source and when I read that article in there on traveling at light speed, that opened up my mind. They just complained on how expensive it would be and no resources as of yet to compensate for the high velocity and containment. Have to work on that first.
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Very scary read about it in Popular science.
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