Help Shape the Future of Space Exploration

Join The Planetary Society Now  arrow.png

Join our eNewsletter for updates & action alerts

    Please leave this field empty

Interstellar Travel

Richard McConnell

December 5, 2013

Interstellar travel will depend on the development of new physics. Rocket-based technology will never do it. Voyager 1 will take 25000 years to pass out of the oort cloud, let alone arrive at another system! There is a finite possibility of subatomic particles being anywhere in the universe, but this will have to be translated to a macroscopic scale, in a fully controllable way. This is still probably centuries away! Therefore any discussion of visiting other systems is purely academic at present.


JMD: 12/05/2013 01:44 CST

Quantum effects won't allow information to travel faster than light, so seeing it on a macroscopic scale won't help. Unless "beaming" _at_ the speed of light is what you had in mind as being faster than Voyager 1?

Leave a Comment:

You must be logged in to submit a comment. Log in now.
Facebook Twitter Email RSS AddThis


Advocate for Space!

Fifteen years ago, Society members and passionate space advocates like you helped save the Pluto mission. Now we can do the same for missions to Europa and Mars.

Join over 27,600 people who have completed their petition and consider a donation to support advocacy efforts.

Sign Our Petition


Our Curiosity Knows No Bounds!

Become a member of The Planetary Society and together we will create the future of space exploration.

Join Us

Space in Images

Pretty pictures and
awe-inspiring science.

See More

Selfies to Space!

Take flight with a selfie on LightSail™ in 2016!

Send a Selfie Now

Connect With Us

Facebook! Twitter! Google+ and more…
Continue the conversation with our online community!