Is it Possible to Travel at the Speed of Light?

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Ever since 1966, when the first episode of Star Trek aired, there has been a question lingering in the mind of humans; fans, children, and scientists alike. To some, it is just wishful fantasizing, but to others, it is a goal to pursue and an idea that may not be so far-fetched -- Is it possible for humans to travel at the speed of light? If so, why should humans attempt this and will they? If not, what are some of the limitations of travel at the speed of light and are researchers trying to resolve them? The possibility of light speed travel has gained the attention of researchers and brought the question to mind of how long it will be before people will be speeding between galaxies at light speed like Han Solo and Chewy.

Is this being attempted?

The possibility of travel at light speed has caught the mind of many researchers; however, any possibility disappears without someone with a reason to research and make light-travel a usable form of space travel. That brings up the question; is travel at light speed being researched and attempted? Before it will be attempted, it has to be determined whether it is worth it or not – not only if it could happen, but if it should happen. Thus, emerges a conflict of interests between the benefits and consequences of travel at the speed of light.


The benefits of travel at light speed would be breathtaking. Light-travel becoming a reality would be a colossal leap forward for humanity and would introduce a plethora of whole new discoveries and knowledge. With one single scientific breakthrough, astronauts would be able to travel to Pluto in about 4 hours; half the time it took for the fastest trip to the moon yet, an eight and a half hour trip made by NASA’s “New Horizons” un-man...

... middle of paper ... the foreseeable future. The physics just isn’t known yet.” It looks like astronauts won’t be cruising between galaxies at the speed of light like Captain Kirk any time soon, but that doesn’t mean it will never happen. It’s safe to say that any idea of a successful faster-than-light mission is just wishful thinking and totally impossible, but that’s only for now. It is possible to get the shuttle and crew up to the speed of light, but there are just too many problems and risks for travel at the speed of light to become a reality; time paradoxes, lack of technology and funding, and fear of wars over power all stand in the way of the progress of this new form of travel, but the incredible scientific benefits for mankind will find a way. It will certainly be a while before humans actually travel at the speed of light, but it is possible according to modern physics.

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