Researchers at NASA are working on developing a real-world counterpart to Star Trek's warp drive.
Physicist Dr. Harold G. White believes that it may be possible for a spacecraft to travel faster than the speed of light by bending the rules of time and space. The idea is based on the theories of Mexican physicist Miguel Alcubierre who postulated that this could be achieved by harnessing the expansion and contraction of space. A ship that uses a "warp bubble" that expands space on one side and contracts it on the other could theoretically be propelled by space-time itself.
In a new experiment Dr. White will aim to demonstrate this effect by attempting to propel a single photon faster than the speed of light. "Space has been expanding since the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago," he said. "And we know that when you look at some of the cosmology models, there were early periods of the universe where there was explosive inflation, where two points would’ve went receding away from each other at very rapid speeds."
"NASA physicist and engineer Dr Harold G. White, 43, believes it is possible to bend the rules of time and space that Albert Einstein constructed when he postulated that it is impossible to exceed the speed of light."
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