Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Dylan Thomas, 1914 - 1953
The central theme of November's "Interstellar" and space exploration in particular...
If we even get 1/10 c (say, via a fusion or antimatter drive - more conceptual for physicists. I suspect the "exotic matter" as the star ship would require is possibly dark matter, and for now hard to define, find or manufacture). That technological leap will be for society energy-liberating, and we'd owe that to Dr. Miguel Alcubierre Moya (see link below).
Images sourced from: Daily Mail Online
Pictured is an illustration of Dr White's IXS Enterprise, an interstellar ship drawn by artist Mark Rademaker that could be an accurate representation of what the first mission beyond the solar system will look like. The IXS Enterprise is a theory-fitting concept for a faster than light (FTL) ship.
Miquel Alcubierre Moya
Speaking of Warp Drive