Geologic Time Scale
Sometime in the far future populations of humans may venture into deep space to inhabit other worlds far beyond our own solar system. Unfortunately, our Einsteinian understanding of the universe suggests that time and space may place severe limits on just how fast and far we can go. Based upon current physics, even if we did develop the technology to propel ourselves at near-light speeds, round-trip travel time to the nearest stars would still be measured in decades.
In this image a massive spacecraft employs a novel propulsion that exploits physics as yet unknown to travel faster than light.
Astronomy Magazine commissioned this image for their January 2000 issue.
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