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This Infographic Compares Our Real Life Spacecrafts to Science Fiction

And the fastest spaceship in the galaxy is...

FIONA MACDONALD
21 JUL 2015
 

As a species, we've made some pretty bold strides into space. We now have a probe making its way outside our Solar System, and just last week, a spacecraft with a Playstation-1 equivalent CPU for a brain captured this incredible footage of Pluto's icy mountains during a history-making fly-by.

Despite all of our amazing accomplishments, humans still haven't managed to accelerate beyond a meagre 3.3 percent of the speed of light. But where our physical abilities may be lacking, our imagination runs wild, and we've managed to dream up a whole range of science fiction vehicles that can reach mind-bending speeds. So how do they stack up next to the real thing?

 

In the infographic below, retail company Fat Wallet has compared all of NASA's real-life spacecraft with some of our favourite vehicles from sci-fi films, TV shows and video games. The spacecraft are broken down by those that travel under the speed of light, and those that outpace it, thanks to the help of fictional technology such as warp drives.

Unsurprisingly, sci-fi pretty much always wins. Except when it comes to Back to the Future and Thunderbirds. As it turns out, the Delorean could travel through time, but it couldn't outrun NASA's Saturn V rocket. But what we really want to watch is a race between the Tardis and the Heart of Gold from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - that would be pretty unforgettable.

Check out the infographic below to see where your favourite sci-fi vehicle ends up, and see a full explanation of where the data came from over at Fat Wallet.

The Fastest Ship in the Universe : How Sci-Fi Ships Stack Up

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