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## Main Question or Discussion Point

Hi, I asked a theoretical question here a month or two ago and someone was able to help me. I have another:

Imagine an interstellar race. Starship 1 heads from earth toward Alpha Centauri at a constant rate close to the speed of light, then makes a loop and returns home. Ship 2 is faster, and therefore has been given a handicap and leaves after Ship 1, but it is still fast enough to make up that distance and reach Alpha Centauri before Ship 1.

Wouldn't Ship 2 have experienced greater time dilation and therefore return further into earth's future than the slower moving Ship 1, despite reaching Centauri first? This seems like a paradox.

I'm still trying to get a grasp on this subject, so thanks in advance.

Imagine an interstellar race. Starship 1 heads from earth toward Alpha Centauri at a constant rate close to the speed of light, then makes a loop and returns home. Ship 2 is faster, and therefore has been given a handicap and leaves after Ship 1, but it is still fast enough to make up that distance and reach Alpha Centauri before Ship 1.

Wouldn't Ship 2 have experienced greater time dilation and therefore return further into earth's future than the slower moving Ship 1, despite reaching Centauri first? This seems like a paradox.

I'm still trying to get a grasp on this subject, so thanks in advance.