Stacking the nines: relativistic steps to the stars
Author: Claycomb, James R.
Source: European Journal of Physics, Volume 28, Number 6, November 2007 , pp. 1173-1179(7)
Publisher: IOP Publishing
Abstract:A pedagogical illustration of special relativity is presented using an example of relativistic space travel. Travel times to several destinations in the cosmos are calculated given a spacecraft with specific force/mass ratio of one-g. Practical limitations are discussed, where new technologies may one day enable humans to travel to the nearest stars and beyond.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2007-11-01