Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/13/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Other, less exotic methods of travel are also being considered.

A not-so-secret project known as the 100-year Project is underway with the goal of sending humans beyond the solar system by 2112. NASA, DARPA and the Icarus Interstellar and the Foundation for Enterprise Development are jointly participating in the project. The project, launched in 2012, is currently discussing ideas for sending humans to the stars.

A ship capable of traveling faster than light has been conceptualized and mocked-up by scientists in this graphic.

A ship capable of traveling faster than light has been conceptualized and mocked-up by scientists in this graphic.

Highlights

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/13/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: spaceship, faster than light, warp drive


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Planet Earth is a finite place with finite resources and a finite span of time after which the planet itself will become uninhabitable. If the human species is to survive amid these realities, it will have to find a way to travel outside of the solar system to find new planets to inhabit.

Barring the return of Christ, there is no reason to believe that help for humanity will come from among the stars. We will have to find ways to save ourselves from threats, both cosmic and man-made.

St. Christopher, a saint for those who travel.

Travel to neighboring stars is a daunting task. Even moving at the speed of light, humans would travel for years before reaching the nearest star system. Then, the chances of finding an inhabitable world are probably slim. Working against us is the understanding that nothing can travel faster than light itself.

The reason nothing can travel faster than light is because the faster something moves, the more mass it acquires. Such effects aren't noticeable at the speeds we move, but as we approach the speed of light, mass begins to increase exponentially. In order to propel an increasingly massive object at faster speeds, more energy is required. To move a spaceship at the speed of light would cause it to attain virtually-infinite mass and would require an equal amount of energy. This is wildly impractical.

It is clear to scientists that speed-of-light travel is both too difficult and too impractical to use. So what's the solution? Perhaps to travel even faster than light.

There are ways to dodge the problem of infinite mass and energy. One is to create a bubble around the spaceship so it remains in normal space, while the bubble travels through space. Since this bubble would be massless, it could violate the laws of the universe allowing it to travel faster than light.

This is the proposal of Dr. Harold White, a NASA scientist who suggests that using the Alcubierre Drive, a theoretical system conceptualized by Mexican theoretical physicist Miguel Alcubierre, a ship could create a wave in the fabric of space-time, and surf that wave to attain faster-than-light speeds. The drive would literally distort the fabric of space-time both ahead and behind it and it would only require a relatively small amount of energy to do it. The energy would come from a fuel source about the size of a car, composed of "exotic matter."

Nobody knows what this exotic matter would be, however, or where they might get a couple tons of it.

Other concepts include slower travel using a solar sail, which moves on the solar wind like a sailing ship at sea. This proposal would be cheap and effective, but like a sailing ship it would be very slow.

Under discussion is also the prospect of launching long-term missions in which several generations of people would live their lives during an interstellar voyage lasting hundreds of years. This is the most likely scenario, but designing s system that sustains a human population for centuries while withstanding the harshness of space, seems daunting.

For now, Earth is all we have, and we can barely travel to the Moon, our nearest neighbor in space. But just 500 years ago, we could barely traverse our own oceans. Today, we fly over them with ease. Who knows what the next five centuries could bring?

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for DECEMBER 2016
Universal:
End to Child-Soldiers: That the scandal of child-soldiers may be eliminated the world over.
Evangelization: Europe: That the peoples of Europe may rediscover the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Gospel which gives joy and hope to life.



Comments


More Technology

'That is an extremely important goal that has not been achieved yet' - Vatican talks to scientists about Power and Artificial Intelligence Watch

Image of Artificial Intelligence has come under scrutiny by the Vatican.

By Elise Harris (CNA/EWTN News)

This week the Vatican hosted a high-level discussion in the world of science, gathering experts to discuss the progress, benefits and limits of advances in artificial intelligence. Vatican City, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) - A new conference at the Vatican drew experts in ... continue reading


The speed of light may have been MUCH faster in the past, but WHY SHOULD YOU CARE? Watch

Image of Einstein's theory is about to be challenged. Will it survive the test?

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not. This maxim from Galileo Galilei is part of the basis of modern science. The work of a scientist is to make things measurable and devise tests. Such a test has now been developed for a possible modification to ... continue reading


DOOMSDAY - experts calculate the odds and they're scary Watch

Image of The odds of doomsday are worse than most think.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

What are the odds of the world coming to an end in any year? According to experts, those odds are more likely than most assume. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Experts have calculated the odds of global catastrophe and concluded there's a better chance of the ... continue reading


Turns out YOU are the reason we can't have nice things! The real reason why self driving cars still aren't for sale Watch

Image of Yep, that's the reason we can't have nice things.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

It turns out you are the reason we can't have nice things. Mercedes Benz CEO, Deitmar Exler told people at AutoConference LA, that humans, not technology, are the reason why self-driving cars are not quite available now. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - ... continue reading


Scientists to celebrate 'Gold Mass' - Science and Faith are compatible Watch

Image of Scientists at MIT will celebrate their first Gold Mass on Nov. 15.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Scientists at MIT are about to celebrate a 'Gold Mass' as a way to affirm the compatibility of faith and science. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - There has been a long debate for the past few centuries over the compatibility of faith and science. Science deals ... continue reading


'We are building the technology to give anyone the power to share anything they want' - Facebook has a 10-year-plan you don't want to miss! Watch

Image of Where is Facebook headed?

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook CEO Mike Schroepfer unveiled the social media giant's 10-year plan - and you're not going to believe what they have in store! LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - At the F8 conference, Zuckerberg and Schroepfer took the stage to announce ... continue reading


Elon Musk proposes universal basic income, but there's a hidden dark side nobody thinks about Watch

Image of When the robots do all the work, what is there left for the people to do? What do you do with billions of people you don't need?

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Another day brings another warning from someone in the know that the robots are coming to steal your jobs. What will people do when all labor is performed by robots? How will people support themselves and feed their families? Elon Musk proposed universal basic income. ... continue reading


What happens when humans fall in love with robots? We're about to find out. Watch

Image of What happens when humans and robots do more than work together?

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The robot revolution is troubling enough with its anticipated impact on jobs. But there may be an even greater problem on the horizon. People are likely to fall in love with their robots. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - What happens when your spouse starts ... continue reading


EPIC! A massive cloud of gas is on a collision course with our galaxy - here's what happens next... Watch

Image of As interstellar gas is compressed by gravity, stars are formed. A similar phenomenon is being observed at the heart of our galaxy where a supermassive black hole is compressing gas to form stars.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

There is a massive cloud of gas on a collision course with our galaxy, closing in at 700,000 MPH. What happens when this cloud arrives? NASA has the answer. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - In 1963, a Dutch astronomer discovered a massive cloud of gas in space ... continue reading


Hate cooking? Good! First robotic chef to arrive in 2018! Watch

Image of The Moley Robot can cook over 100 meals and learn from you.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Do you hate cooking, but love gourmet food? Then we have good news for you. The world's first robotic chef is coming to market and it can cook fully gourmet meals and even clean up after itself. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - The world's first commercially ... continue reading


All Technology News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 40:25-31
25 'To whom can you compare me, or who is my equal?' says the Holy ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10
1 [Of David] Bless Yahweh, my soul, from the depths of my being, his holy ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 11:28-30
28 'Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for December 7th, 2016 Image

St. Maria Giuseppe Rossello
December 7: Foundress of the Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy. ... Read More