Hawking and Zuckerberg launch alien-finding project [2016/05/11 17:37]

An international team of scientists and businessmen including physicist Stephen Hawking and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg launched a project aimed at finding alien life in space.

“Today, we commit to this next great leap into the cosmos,” Hawking said at a recent press conference in New York. “Because we are human, and our nature is to fly.”

Hawking, Zuckerberg and billionaire entrepreneur Yuri Milner make up the board of directors for the mission. Called “Breakthrough Starshot,” the project seeks to apply Silicon Valley ingenuity to space travel.

Under the huge space exploration program, the team plans to send tiny “nanocraft” to explore Alpha Centauri, our nearest star system. Alpha Centauri is about 40 trillion kilometers, or 4.37 light years, away from Earth.

The way they will make it happen is like something from a science fiction story. Crews on Earth would use powerful laser beams to power extremely small vehicles through space. These spacecraft would travel much farther than any other spacecraft built to date.

Today’s fastest spacecraft would take about 30,000 years to reach the Alpha Centauri system. But once this new nanocraft technology is ready, supporters say, it can shorten that time to just 20 years.

It’s arguably the most ambitious space exploration project in history, and it may not be completed in our lifetimes.
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