Even with the technology of the future, a journey to the planet Kepler-1649c may take more than 300,000 years

09/02/2022
Credit: NASA
Credit: NASA

It is very sad to know that even with technology over a few decades, a journey to the most Earth-like planet would take more than 30,000 years, but it is true. Kepler-1649c is one of the most Earth-like planets ever discovered. Scientists believe that the temperature on the planet Kepler-1649c can be very similar to that of Earth so it can be water there. However, we have little data on this planet and hope to find out more in the future. 

Why would it take us over 300,000 years to get to Kepler-1649c? 

First of all, the planet is 301 light-years from Earth. So far, a spacecraft that had a human crew on board, and the mission was a success, could not exceed 40,000 km / h. The speed of light is approx. 1,080,000,000 km / h. If in a few decades we could build spacecraft with human crew onboard flying at 108,000 km / h, or 0.01% of the speed of light, then a trip to Kepler-1649c would take 3,010,00 years. 

In any case, so far, an unmanned spacecraft, New Horizons to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt has reached a speed of over 160,000 km / h. For the moment, we are not able to build manned spacecraft flying at more than 40,000 km / h. Maybe in a few years, we would reach a maximum of 50,000-60,000 km / h. But we still have a long way to go before we reach speeds of over 100,000 km / h. 

However, some researchers and scientists believe that in the next 200 years, humanity will be able to build spacecraft flying at over 1,000,000 km / h. It's hard to believe, but not impossible. If we could reach speeds of over 1,000,000 km / h, we would have approx. 0.1% of the speed of light, then we will reach the Kepler-1649c in 301,000 years. But this is at best possible in a few centuries from now. 

Technology is evolving, if we look at where we were with space exploration technology 50 years ago and where we are now, we will be amazed. So anything is possible and in the coming centuries, we may find new solutions that will bring us closer to the most Earth-like planets.

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 09 February 2022, at 04:22 am Los Angeles time

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