Planetary Radio • Sep 09, 2014
Miguel Alcubierre, Inventor of Warp Drive?
On This Episode
Theoretical Physicist for 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
- Submit Predictions to Fly in an Asteroid Time Capsule
- 9/21 Planetary Radio Live: MAVEN Arrives at Mars
- 9/10 Webcast: Planetary Society President Jim Bell Testifies Before Congress
This week's prize is a Planetary Radio v2.1 T-shirt.
This week's question:
What star has the largest proper motion?
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Last week's question:
Where in the solar system is Leprechaun Valles?
The answer will be revealed next week.
Question from the week before:
In Earth years, how long is a Pluto year?
The Plutonian year lasts 247.7 Earth years.