The Observer 7th February, 1999

20 Kg of antimatter could power a spacecraft 70,000 light years across the galaxy .


Antimatter: has been the Holy Grail of science since 1928 when Paul Dirac had the idea of atoms with reversed charges.

The protons being negative and the electrons positive (positrons). In 1997 scientists, at the European center for high-energy particle physics (Cern, Geveva) created 9 atoms of anti-hydrogen which immeadiatley disintegrated on contact with 'normal' matter .

In Startrek it is the resourse used to power ships across the galaxy

The Galaxy is estimated to be approximately 70,000 light-years in diameter.

A light year is how far light would travel in a year.

Speed of Light: This equates to traveling at 186,000 miles per second or
nearly 700 million miles per hour (1.15 billion kilometres an hour).

A light year is approx
(186,000 x 60 x 60 x 24 x 365.25)
=5,869,713,600,000 miles

70,000 light years equates to (5,869,713,600,000 x 70, 000)
=410,879,952,000,000,000 miles

Warp speed (used in Startrek)is the cube root of the speed of light multiple. For instance if you were travelling at 8 times the speed of light you would be travelling at warp 2. Warp 10 equates to 1000 times the speed of light.

Traveling at the speed of light;

it would take 70,000 years to cross the galaxy,
but only 8 minutes to reach the sun (93 million miles away).

 

The first creation of antimatter, which are atoms that have reversed electrical energies, was in 1997, when the grand total of 9 were made and were promptly anhilated on immeadiate contact with normal (posi) matter.

Temperatures of 10,000,000,000,000 degrees celcius are being used to create them and then they are cooled to -272 ( 1 degree above absloute zero) and held in a powerful magnetic field to keep them from posimatter.