The Defense Intelligence Agency put together a 34-page intelligence reference document for some reason that talks about warp drives, dark energy, manipulating dimensions, and other terms that fall more in line with a Star Wars plot than intelligence analysis.
Although the DIA report doesn't mention little green men, flying saucers, or anyone saying "take me to your leader," it does examine space travel through worm holes and other theoretical possibilities that could lead to humans and aliens someday meeting.
"If one is to realistically entertain the notion of interstellar exploration in timeframes of а human lifespan, а dramatic shift in the traditional approach to spacecraft propulsion is necessary," the authors write.
The paper goes on to discuss two "loopholes" in Einstein's speed limit for travel — the speed of light — that would require the manipulation of spacetime: wormholes and warp drives.
That's right, Luke Skywalker. Hand Chewie that Harris wrench over there and get the motivator cleaned up, because we're getting this hyper drive working now.
"The warp drive — the main focus of this paper — involves local manipulation of the fabric of space in the immediate vicinity of the spacecraft," the paper says. "The basic idea is to create an asymmetric bubble of space that is contracting in front of the spacecraft while expanding behind it. Using this form of locomotion, the spacecraft remains stationary inside this 'warp bubble,' and the movement of space itself facilitates the relative motion of the spacecraft."
This theoretical warp drive could speed astronauts, colonists, or — we can only hope — Space Marines to some far off land in minutes, rather than years.
For example, the paper says of transiting at 100 times the speed of light, one could travel from Earth to Mars in 193 seconds; to Neptune in 4 hours; or to the Orion Nebula — 1,599 light years away — in just 1.3 years. Not bad.
The $22 million study of UFOs, of which this paper was a part, was said to have ended in 2012 — although some claim the funding dried up but the research continued into 2017, according to The New York Times.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.