ByRob Harris, writer at
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Rob Harris

The moment the Millennium Falcon lurches into hyperspace is an image forever burned into every geek's mind.

As a kid, I was mesmerized by the concept - as the stars speeded into lateral blurs and the ship found itself immediately transported to the other side of the galaxy, all I could do was watch with wide eyes, mouth agape and think: 'Whoa, what if I could do that too?'

Well, my 12-year-old mind (and my current, rational adult mind for that matter) has just been well and truly blown, because NASA may have just accidentally discovered faster-than-light travel. Let me say that again to let it sink in:

NASA may have just discovered faster-than-light travel!

Though most of the scientific community believes traveling faster than the speed of light is a physical impossibility, a team at NASA may have just proved the naysayers wrong.

While experimenting, the research team tried firing lasers into the EmDrive resonance chamber (a proposed spacecraft propulsion device hopefully capable of interstellar travel), which sent particles flying at astronomical speeds - some supposedly faster than light itself.

The information comes from this NASA Space Flight forums post, so take it as you will, but there's no denying the world-bending implications such a discovery could have!

The post claims:

...this signature (the interference pattern) on the EmDrive looks just like what a warp bubble looks like. And the math behind the warp bubble apparently matches the interference pattern found in the EmDrive.

A real life warp bubble! It's hard to believe all this isn't straight out of a movie script. Perhaps we will reach the edges of our galaxy after all...

[Source: NASA]


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