Space is really big. Like way bigger than you think.
So in our efforts to explore the cosmos we’ve been pretty limited to our own neck of the woods, heck even Mars is too far away for a person to fly to.
It seems that the technology already exists to travel at 30% the speed of light.
It is with a process called “photonic propulsion” (don’t worry, there will be a video to explain). Which basically means the spacecraft (satellite, spaceship, etc.) would be propelled through space by photons (read: lasers!)
Pretty exciting stuff, and it would be so fast that NASA believes they could send a satellite to Mars in 72 hours! A manned spacecraft in a matter of weeks instead of years! Imagine the possibilities, it means that we could send satellites to those far off planets that have been deemed as possibly habitable. It is very exciting.
University of California Santa Barbara professor Philip Lubin explains the process, and says that it’s something they are already doing in labs here on Earth, and that it would just be a matter of figuring out a way to apply the technology to space flight.