WIRED.COM.UK - October 5, 2012 by Ian Steadman
One of the main reasons for that, though, is that space is so frustratingly massive. Voyager 1 is the fastest manmade thing ever, but 17 kilometres per second is a piffling fraction of the speed of light. Even getting to one of our nearest neighbours, Mars, would take six to eight months using conventional spaceship engines. Ideas like warp drives are still theoretical, and unlikely to be seen within our lifetimes. However, it might be possible to cut that trip to Mars down to as few as three months using a form of fusion fuel -- "dilithium crystals". Yep, just like Star Trek.
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