The warp drive
that powered the Enterprise and enabled the ship to travel faster than the speed of light may not be a flight of fancy,
says a NASA physicist. A design for a similar drive was proposed by Mexican physicist Miguel Alcubierre
almost 20 years ago, but its energy consumption would have been outlandish, rendering it impractical. However, Harold White
at the the Johnson Space Center
has made some tweaks to the original design that he thinks could move faster than light travel from fiction to science.
No, it doesn't involve dilithium crystals. Yeah, we're disappointed about that too.