We all know that nothing is faster than the speed of light. This is one of the major fundamental laws of science. However, as we are progressing in science and technology no one can say what will be the limits of our capabilities in the future. A well-known English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author Stephen Hawking say that “almost” nothing can exceed the speed of light. Yet, there might be a possibility that we could even pass light speed in the future. As for travel in space, we can say that we are still not close to approaching the speed of light.
Our progress in Space Travel:
Currently, the fastest spacecraft can reach speeds of up to 692,000 kilometers per hour, which is still slower than the speed of light.
Fastest uncrewed spaceship:
An uncrewed spaceship is a spacecraft that functions without a human crew on board. This type of spaceship is very efficient in scientific missions, exploration, or satellite launches. They have sensors, cameras, and other instruments. The main goal is to travel in space and gather data and perform specific tasks.
A NASA spacecraft “Parker Solar Probe” is the fastest unmanned spacecraft. It was launched in 2018 and reached speeds of 692,000 kilometers per hour (430,000 mph) as it approached the Sun.
Fastest crewed spaceship:
A crewed spaceship is a spacecraft designed to carry astronauts. These spaceships typically have life support systems, sleeping quarters, and other luxuries to support human life for travel in space.
As for crewed spacecraft, the fastest is the Moon-bound Apollo 10. NASA’s Apollo 10 moon is the fastest-crewed spacecraft. It can travel 24,791 mph (39,897 kph) during its trans-lunar journey.