Ride a 2,000-ton rocket into space and a stop at the moon for some coffee before jumping onto a beam of light that will take you to Mars in 30 minutes. It sounds like science fiction, but NASA and its private space partners are already laying plans for the first interstellar travel network.
New theoretical science developed by NASA scientist Philip Lubin means a spaceship might eventually be able to travel from Earth to Mars in as little as 30 minutes.
It's called photonic propulsion and the idea would theoretically allow a spaceship to use a specially designed sail to catch light beamed from Earth and accelerate to 30 percent the speed of light.
Using this idea, a small robotic spaceship Lubin calls DE-STAR would be able to reach Mars in 30 minutes with a photonic sail, reports Inhabitat.
"A full scale DE-STAR 4 (50-70 GW) will propel a wafer scale spacecraft with a one meter laser sail to about 26 percent the speed of light in about 10 minutes, reach Mars in 30 minutes, pass Voyager 1 in less than 3 days and reach Alpha Centauri in about 15 years."