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Friday October 28th, 2016

Where’s My Warp Drive?

Space Travel Without Rockets

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, October 26, 2016) In practically every episode of the television series Star Trek, Captain Kirk would say, “Warp speed, Mr. Sulu,” and off they would go through the universe faster than the speed of light. Will today’s technology ever catch up with them? It’s the 21st century and we still use rockets to get around the solar system, but somebody does have an idea for a warp drive. Join Museum Education Director Dave Dooling for the Launch Pad Lecture on Friday, November 4, as he takes a look at rockets (and why we still use them), gravity slingshots, space elevators, and even folding space to travel faster than light.

IMAGE: Is there a day in our near future when we can simply step on an elevator and go to space? Some people think so. NASA even held “Space Elevator Games” as part of their Centennial Challenges. (Photo courtesy space.com)

Is there a day in our near future when we can simply step on an elevator and go to space? Some people think so. NASA even held “Space Elevator Games” as part of their Centennial Challenges. (Photo courtesy space.com)

The Launch Pad Lecture is free to the public and is held at 9:00 a.m. on the Museum's first floor. Coffee and donuts are compliments of the International Space Hall of Fame. The next Launch Pad Lecture will be on December 2 and the topic will be The Women Behind the Men: Mercury, Gemini & Apollo with Museum Curator Sue Taylor.

The Launch Pad Lectures are streamed live on Periscope and are available on the museum’s YouTube channel.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589 or visit the website at www.nmspacemuseum.org. Like us at: www.facebook.com/NMSpaceMuseum/