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  •  According to the site you cited even at 90% (0+ / 0-)

    the time contraction would only be around 1/3rd of what we would be feeling in "normal" relativity.  At that rate it would still feel like 7k years just to reach the galactic core. Obviously getting nearer to the speed of light would serve to decrease this even more, at the expense of much more energy.

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." Mohandas Gandhi

    by 2dimeshift on Sun Dec 11, 2011 at 06:20:10 PM PST

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    •  I am talking about constant 1g acceleration until (0+ / 0-)

      you are halfway there and then flipping around and then a 1g deceleration until you arrive.  Yes, it would still take years but it would still happen within the lifetime of the crew (assuming they started at 21 or so) since the longer the trip the closer to light speed you would get before having to start slowing down.

      There is no saving throw against stupid.

      by Throw The Bums Out on Sun Dec 11, 2011 at 07:08:42 PM PST

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      •  You should also note that the site you (0+ / 0-)

        referenced is a very cool physics heavy science fiction site. It's main purpose appears to be as a primer on how to right about the science of space travel convincingly in fictional stories.

        I bookmarked it so I appreciate it but it has what the author of the site described as "handwavium".

        "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." Mohandas Gandhi

        by 2dimeshift on Sun Dec 11, 2011 at 08:13:55 PM PST

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