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Monday, March 7, 2016

NASA Designs Ship With Star Trek Warp Speed


I’m not a big fan of big government spending, but only because most of that spending rarely benefits the average American. It’s hard to argue that taxes are "the fees we pay to live within civilized society" when most of those taxes go towards bombing people overseas and spying on people over here.

But then you learn that your taxpayer money is going towards something that’s actually awesome, and you think to yourself, “Why the hell aren’t we funding this?” Case in point: NASA’s designing a space ship that can theoretically travel at warp speed like in Star Trek:

NASA engineer and physicist Harold White announced a few years ago that he was working on a potentially groundbreaking idea that could allow space travel faster than the speed of light. Yes, like in “Star Trek.”

And now, to boldly go where no designer has gone before, Mark Rademaker — who is collaborating with White — has created a CGI design concept for the “warp ship.” They’re calling it the IXS Enterprise....

A warp ship such as the IXS Enterprise could allow travel to interstellar space in a matter of weeks rather than, say, centuries. And the science behind why it might be possible is truly mind-boggling.

An over-simplified explanation is that the concept seeks to exploit a “loophole” in Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity that allows travel faster than the speed of light by expanding space-time behind the object and contracting space-time front of it.
Yes, most of this work is still “theoretical”, but the fact that actual scientists are figuring out ways to turn science fiction into science fact should make any sci-fi nerd geek out more than Sheldon Cooper. “Bazinga, mother****er!”

And while I’m sure that libtards will point to this as a reason to fund NASA through increased taxes, I’d use it as a reason to cut government waste and allocate the resources towards NASA.

Vox previously wrote a good article highlighting the many ways our taxpayer dollars go toward funding government waste when it could be put to better use funding space exploration. Think about it. If we could discontinue the penny, stop giving handouts to the NFL, allow the post office to go obsolete, reform Medicare, and slash the military-industrial complex, we too could boldy going where no man has gone before.