Space & time travel. The future & past is here

Going back in time or up in space. Unless you’ve got a tuned-up Delorean kicking around somewhere or have auditioned for a part in Star Trek, there’s no chance of getting a sniff. But tomorrow it’s a whole different story.

When it comes to space travel Branson’s Virgin have been first to step up to the plate. Virgin Galactic now give ordinary beings like us the chance to check out our soil from a whole new perspective. Galactic’s designer Burt Rutan, has also kept his mind on the environmental side of things too. So as well as turning amateurs into astronauts his pride and joy produces virtually no pollution. Our seal of approval is winging its way to him.

Flights don’t come cheap like you’d expect, but they definitely beat a long weekend in Crete any day. www.virgingalactic.com

It’s still a lot cheaper than what Anousheh Ansari forked out back in ‘06. See here:http://library.thinkquest.org/03oct/02144/home.htm. For the Iranian born American business woman, a 20 million dollar crater in the bank balance was a price worth paying. And she became the first female visitor to get up close and personal with space.

Ok, that’s space travel taken care of. Now let’s give time travel some attention.

This summer you may have heard in the news that after a 45 year long hunt to find a mysterious particle, called the Higgs Boson, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) claimed to have discovered it.

Theories suggest that in the future, the LHC will be able to create micro black holes, which will emit large amounts of energy, and potentially create wormholes which may allow time travel. However, the theories about time travel, from Prof Irina Aref’eva and Dr Igor Volovich (mathematical physicists at Steklov Mathematical Institute in Moscow) have generated a lot of disagreement and discussion amongst physicists.

It’s not going to be an easy task but, if physicists can track down the elusive Higgs Boson particle, surely in the future they might be able to find a way to make time travel reality.

If you want to find out more and possibly even join in the investigations to help make space and time travel a reality then have a look at these:

  • An aerospace engineer working on a project to develop a spacecraft, deciding how big it should be, or what rocket to launch it on and ensuring technical specifications and requirements are met
  • materials engineer ensuring that the materials and processes on a spacecraft are suitable for use in the harsh environment of space
  • research scientist in a Space Science Laboratory studying what happens to fields and particles when a spacecraft goes through a shock wave in space
  • An IT systems analyst working with advanced simulation tools in the flight control room where computers monitor and control aspects of the spacecraft

Both these sites give more – click here and here

To explore the Space travel quest click: http://library.thinkquest.org/03oct/01581

Take a virtual space-trip on this award-winning space tour: http://www.spacewander.com

For more on space exploration these are good places to be:
BBC Science
UK Space Agency (try the Learning Zone)
How Stuff Works
Royal Astronomical Society

 

The image within this article is courtesy of NASA/JP- Caltech