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Wormhole Travel? Maybe... Just Maybe.....


Lately I have been considering theoretical physics. In particular, wormhole theories and how we might be able to utilize them as a form of propulsion or "leap frogging" across the universe. Let's start with some general Q&A.

Q. What is Wormhole Travel?

A. Well.......The wormhole theory postulates that a theoretical passage through space-time could create shortcuts for long journeys across the universe. Wormholes are predicted by the theory of general relativity.

Q. Is it possible?

A. Theoretically-------yes. Wormholes connect two points in spacetime, which means that they would in principle allow travel in time, as well as in space.

Q. Where did the theory originally come from?

A. Technically it came from physicists Albert Einstein and Nathan Rosen. They studied the strange equations that we now know describe that unescapable pocket of space we call a black hole and asked what they really represented. Einstein and Rosen discovered that, theoretically at least, a black hole’s surface might work as a bridge that connected to a second patch of space. The journey might be as if you went down the drain of your bathtub, and instead of getting stuck in the pipes, you came out into another tub just like the first.

Q. How would you theoretically go about this?

A.  To do this in a serious way it would require us to create a much larger wormhole; thus far we have been studying things on a microscopic level only. In short, a bigger wormhole seems to require a process or type of matter that is both "unusual and believable."

Q. Have we made any progress?

A. Yes. We’re learning that we can, in fact, build wormholes that stay open using simple quantum effects. For a long time this was considered impossible.

Professor Christopher Andrew B.

Chris@SpaceTourismMagazine.com