Bleh, so many premises and assumptions and Star Warsing.
It reminds me of people who didn´t want to cross the oceans because obviously you will fall down at the end.
Traveling at the speed of light is such an overused term. These things are theories, they are constructions that help our very pathetic weak little minds to have fun "exploring" and profiling one another. Atoms used to be the smallest things possible. Time used to be a dimension and the theories regarding gravity have been changed thousands of times and still there is no such thing that can even remotely make us humans understand what this thing is supposed to be. Science isn´t made for finding answers, it´s made for asking questions.
Most importantly: Limitation of human perception! We have only 5 ways to perceive our environment. Every memory, thought or idea we ever had or will ever have has to pass one of the channels. We can not perceive gravity so that's why we have to create mathematical and physical constructions to allow us understand those parts of gravity that are suited for us. It doesn´t mean we have "encoded", "grasped" or "perceived" it because it always is going to be a construction.
Besides: There´s nothing interesting out there. You might trick yourself into thinking it´s cool to discover new stuff, but i suggest you to just hold on a second and think WHY you think it is "fun" or "interesting" to discover.
In the end Psychology >>> Physics. "Nietzsche" and "Kant" can answer every question you didn´t even dare asking. Understand "Critique of pure reason" and watch as the universe shrinks down into that 6 feet tall thing that you are.
One of the most pretentious and fundamentally empty posts I've seen in a while.
I'm pretty interested in the faster you go ( you = any object ) the less effect time has ON said object theory. This means that we wouldn't have to break the speed of light to be able to cross vast distances. If we were able to create a ship that could travel 99% the speed of light, it would take just a couple years to travel millions of light years. An obvious huge problem with this; to us (inside the ship) and the ship, it's taking a tiny fraction of the time to travel a distance. To everyone else in the entire universe, we are hauling ass BUT it would be millions of years as everyone watched our ship. So we'd run the risk of literally hitting something, being attacked, ect. And of course as soon as we stop the universe most likely would have drastically changed.
Still, there would be uses for this. Pretend I'm extraordinarily rich. I REALLY don't want to wait for RoS to launch. I secretly take my spaceship out into space, find a nice cozy spot that my computer has deemed as safe for the time I want to spend there, I do the math and figure out that I need to go 99% the speed of light for like ( I have no idea, actually haven't done the math) 4 minutes, and boom I do a straight shot for two minutes, then turn around and do the same. It's taken me and my spacecraft and afternoon of launching / flying / landing, and bam I just "time traveled", 6 months into the future.
NECRO, only because this glorious thread needs to be.
For those that watched Carl Sagan's Space Odyssey there is a new television series hosted by Neil Degrasse Tyson, it's a reboot of Carl Sagan's Space Odyssey. It's fantastic. It goes by the name of Cosmos: A Space Odyssey.
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I'm 99% sure you all are familiar with Star Trek world and Gene Roddenbery's idea of universe and technology, so i would like to 'draw' a parallel:
Once upon a time there was this guy called Jules Verne who wrote about an idea of traveling to the bottom of the ocean and he was laughed upon and mocked. Now we consider Verne "A Visionary". With Roddenbery's idea of interstellar propulsion system (Warp engines) and recent discovery of gravitons i'm confident that he will become more or less what Verne is today. This discovery (more or less) confirms the Enistens theory of relativity and brings us toward something that human kind has either deliberately or by accident (highly unlikely) stopped researching - Unified Field Theory.
If you are familiar with work of Nikola Tesla you know that he (almost) built a device based on this premise. Purpose of this device was to collect energy from Space....Funny ha? well not so much. We do have Solar collectors, right? Now even with higher efficiency then 20 years ago.Light can be considered both as particle and the wave, and guess what - with gravitons it's EXACTLY the same. (i do realize that this is field of quantum physics and mechanics - but let's keep it simple :-))
Why is this important? Well, like someone said, traveling at speed of light is a subject of too many assumptions and speculations but if Roddenbery's general principle of creating a 'bubble' of some sort of gravity field (yeah i know, i need to include matter/antimatter into the equation, but for the sake of simplicity let's leave it aside) - then 'bending' the time-space is an option and this possibility creates a way to travel far distances in small amount of time.
Never the less, i'm SUPER EXCITED for discovery of Gravitons. Another milestone in human kind evolution and progress.