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NASA: We're working on Warp Drive...sorta

NASA FTLIn case you didn't know it, NASA has a research Web page dedicated to the development of Warp Drive (as seen on TV, and found via Reddit). More specifically, the PR Webmasters at NASA have a page they use to update the local citizenry as to the agency's research into faster-than-light travel. It's mostly a thumbnail sketch of the consequences of relativity (lightspeed velocity = infinite mass + zero length), and why breaking the light barrier is exponentially more complicated than breaking the sound barrier (duh). Still, it has some nice layman's terms definitions—perfect for the average physics-addled Trivia Geek—and some cute graphics of the Starship Enterprise versus the X-1 Mach plane. Enjoy.

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