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Interstellar Travel

Interstellar Travel... Seriously?

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 11.26.2014 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

Let's go ahead and use black holes or worm holes like the magical Big Boy civilizations do in science fiction. Here are some unpleasant facts to pop that balloon.

Interstellar Travel? Nah! (Part 2)

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 11.05.2014 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

Any technology we have today, or any extension of it that we can actually build, will not match the challenge of interstellar travel, especially at a price human society will care to pay. Here is what I recommended instead.

The Dismal Future of Interstellar Travel

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 12.14.2014 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

I have been an avid science fiction reader all my life, but as an astronomer for over half my life, the essential paradox of my fantasy world can no longer be maintained. Basically, science tells us that traveling fast enough to make interstellar travel possible requires more money than society will ever be able to invest in the attempt.

Ex-Astronaut Spotlights Key Obstacle To Interstellar Travel

Posted 09.24.2012 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 09/24/2012 07:59 AM EDT on SPACE.com The biggest challenge in mounting a space mission to another star may not b...

'Loophole' Might Allow For Real-Life Warp Drive, Physicists Say

Posted 09.18.2012 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 09/17/2012 12:13 PM EDT on SPACE.com HOUSTON — A warp drive to achieve faster-than-light travel — a concept p...

Scientists, Visionaries Gather To Plan Ambitious Space Program

Posted 09.10.2012 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 09/10/2012 10:14 AM EDT on SPACE.com Scientists, visionaries, entertainers and the public will gather in Houston th...

Pentagon Offers $1 Million Dollars For Best Interstellar Exploration Plan

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 08.16.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department first proposed Star Wars. Now it wants Star Trek. DARPA, the Pentagon's research agency that helped foster ...