Time to Invent Warp Drive

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Dec 7, 2011 in Science |

Kepler 22-b concept art

Two years ago, NASA’s Kepler space telescope identified the planet designated Kepler 22B — a super-earth orbiting a yellow dwarf similar to our sun. It was recently confirmed that the planet resides within its solar system’s habitable zone, with an estimated surface temperature averaging 22 Celsius, or as its commonly known, room temperature. Nobody knows the exact composition of the planet’s atmosphere, but judging by its size and location in relation to its star, its the best candidate to date to potentially support life. The biggest problem being its distance from Earth itself. The planet is located over 600,000 light years from our solar system, so light speed wouldn’t do the trick, and covering just one with modern propulsion would take roughly 38,000 years, so that’s out of the question. I guess its time to start brushing up on our warp theory.

[via yahoo]

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