How close to the speed of light can we travel?
If an object tries to travel 186,000 miles per second, its mass becomes infinite, and so does the energy required to move it. For this reason, no normal object can travel as fast or faster than the speed of light.
How long would it take for a spaceship to travel one light year?
This duration is a bit of a problem, as it makes space exploration a painstakingly slow process. Even if we hopped aboard the space shuttle discovery, which can travel 5 miles a second, it would take us about 37,200 years to go one light-year.
Will interstellar travel ever be possible?
Landis of NASA’s Glen Research center also proposed a laser-powered, propulsion, sail ship that would host a diamond sail (of a few nanometers thick) powered with the use of solar energy. With this proposal, this interstellar ship would, theoretically, be able to reach 10 percent the speed of light.
How fast can a spaceship go in space?
about 17,500 miles per hour