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Space Travel And Einstein's Limit Essay

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Deep Space Travel: Breaking Einstein's Speed Limit Einstein's theories of relativity state that you cannot travel greater than or equal to the speed of light. Some people say- ok we'll just travel to the stars slower than she speed of light. Wrong! The closest star, Alpha Centauri is 9 light-years away (that is nine years at 300,000 Km/S, the speed of life). We could send probes at relatively (no pun intended) slow speeds but the delay in the information gathered would be great because even information can only travel at the universal speed limit. But when someone makes a statement that something cannot be done, and actually has no experimental proof of their assertion there are going to be many doubtful piers. This paper will be divided into 2 main parts. Rebellious Travel will be one (the spacecraft whose pilots have that lead foot and make Einstein turn over in his grave) which is also the most hypothetical piece in the whole puzzle we call relativity. And the other will be travel that conforms to Einstein's laws and actually uses them to its advantage. I will write about the forms of travel that defy Einstein because my favorite T.V. show of all time is Star Trek and they're always hopping around at the speed of light to the Nth power.Travel faster than the speed of light Ever since the day Einstein proposed his theory of relativity people have been trying to figure out ways to either disprove him on the speed of light being the universal maximum or alter the conditions enough that the speed limit doesn't apply. In the 85 years since it's proposition no one has been able to disprove it so any physicist with present knowledge would agree with me, at least to the limits of known facts that travel than the speed of light simply cannot happen in normal space. Einstein also proposed many things that provided him ways to avoid being limited by his own speed limit. He said that his laws could only work in the normal existence that we live in- called the Space-Time Continuum. Well, what if we some how altered this continuum? The first thing we need to do is define this "space-time." Space-Time is simply the normal 4 dimensional world we live in. If you ask many people they will tell you there are 3 dimensions, but they don't include time in the equation, something Einstein did in his creation of the Theory of Relativity. There is actually a large number of Dimensions in the universe but only the basic 4 are needed for my purposes. Even if you have a space-craft with some huge, almost infinite source of energy, in normal space-time you would only be able to get to .9999 continuing C (the speed of light) Even at that speed you would still have huge problems but those will be dealt with in the second section. To move faster than the speed of light you need to either artificially suspend the Space-Time continuum or find a natural distortion and use it to your advantage. We have all seen the science fiction movies where...

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