Warp speed ahead.
After months of debate, speculation, ridicule, and name calling a long-awaited peer-reviewed paper by NASA scientists proves the "impossible" EMDrive really does work, and it could get us to Mars in 70 days.
Scientists from NASA's Eagleworks Laboratory published the research paper describing the engine that produces thrust in a vacuum without fuel or exhaust, something that should be against the laws of physics.
The team of NASA scientists even put forward a theory describing why the "impossible" engine seems to work, but their hypothesis depends on yet another controversial theory and starts a brand new physics discussion.
The peer-reviewed paper, published in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)'s Journal of Propulsion and Power, describes a study proving the "impossible" EMDrive produces 1.2 millinewtons per kilowatt of thrust in a vacuum.
"This test campaign was not focused on optimizing performance and was more an exercise in existence proof."
It's not as powerful as a rocket, but neither does it need fuel, a major constraint for space travel, and it's faster than other forms of zero-propellant propulsion like solar sails, laser propulsion, and photon rockets.
In theory, the EMDrive would allow spacecraft to travel between planets using only the power of the sun to generate electricity, astronauts could reach the moon in four hours, Mars in 70 days, and Pluto in 18 months.
For the uninitiated, British scientist inventor Roger Shawyer invented the EMDrive, Electromagnetic Drive, back in 1999, but was widely ridiculed by mainstream scientists because his engine appeared to break Newton's Third Law of Motion.
The law of physics states that for every action there must be an equal and opposite reaction: for a rocket to go up, exhaust must come down.
The EMDrive works by firing microwaves into a cone-shaped cavity where they exert more force on the flat surface than the cone thereby generating thrust, but it's a closed system with no exhaust. With nothing pushing back, it appears to be impossible a vehicle could move forward.