Miguel Alcubierre, Inventor of Warp Drive?
Air Date: 09/09/2014
Run Time: 28:50
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- Miguel Alcubierre, Theoretical Physicist, Nuclear Sciences Institute, National Autonomous University of Mexico
Inspired by Star Trek, distinguished physicist Miguel Alcubierre developed the general relativity-based model for warp drive 20 years ago. Hear why he doubts it will ever be a reality, and learn about his current research on gravitational waves. See the jets shooting out of Rosetta's comet with Emily Lakdawalla. Bill Nye previews a Capitol Hill hearing about mining asteroids, and Bruce Betts spends a year on Pluto for What's Up.
- Lifeboat Foundation Bio for Miguel Alcubierre
- NASA/Glenn Status of Warp Drive Article
- Latest Rosetta NavCam images reveal jets on Churyumov-Gerasimenko
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- 9/10 Webcast: Planetary Society President Jim Bell Testifies Before Congress
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