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Project 'Starshot' for Interstellar Space Exploration
« on: April 12, 2016, 04:29:04 PM »
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NEW YORK — Stephen Hawking wants humanity to reach the stars.
   The famed cosmologist, along with a group of scientists and billionaire investor Yuri Milner, unveiled an ambitious new $100 million project today (April 12) called You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login, which aims to build the prototype for a tiny, light-propelled robotic spacecraft that could visit the nearby star Alpha Centauri after a journey of just 20 years.
   "The limit that confronts us now is the great void between us and the stars, but now we can transcend it," Hawking said today during a news conference here at One World Observatory. [You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login]
   "With light beams, light sails and the lightest spacecraft ever built, we can launch a mission to Alpha Centauri within a generation," he added. "Today, we commit to this next great leap into the cosmos. Because we are human, and our nature is to fly."
   The Starshot spacecraft will consist of a wafer-size chip attached to a You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login. This paired duo will be launched to space aboard a mothership, and then propelled to the stars by laser light beamed from a high-altitude facility here on Earth.
   Such a craft, Milner said, could be accelerated up to 20 percent the speed of light — fast enough to make it to the Alpha Centauri system, which lies 4.37 light-years away, just two decades after launch. (It would take a conventionally propelled probe about 30,000 years to make such a trip.)


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Offline stromboli

Re: Project 'Starshot' for Interstellar Space Exploration
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2016, 05:20:45 PM »
Yeah, saw this earlier. I didn't post it because in 20 years I'll likely be dead.  :shucks:
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Re: Project 'Starshot' for Interstellar Space Exploration
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2016, 05:24:24 PM »
Yeah, why couldn't this have been done 20 years ago? I feel cheated...


I do hope they get it done right. Maybe silly humans are finally on their way to becoming citizens of the universe.

So much the worse for the universe, though.
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Offline josephpalazzo

Re: Project 'Starshot' for Interstellar Space Exploration
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2016, 06:38:45 PM »
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Yeah, saw this earlier. I didn't post it because in 20 years I'll likely be dead.  :shucks:

You shouldn't be playing God with your life. In 20 years you will see it happen... Even if someone will be pushing you on a wheelchair... ;-)

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Re: Project 'Starshot' for Interstellar Space Exploration
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2016, 06:41:13 PM »
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You shouldn't be playing God with your life. In 20 years you will see it happen... Even if someone will be pushing you on a wheelchair... ;-)

Actually none of us might see the results since it also takes 20 years for a signal to make it back.
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Offline josephpalazzo

Re: Project 'Starshot' for Interstellar Space Exploration
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2016, 06:45:38 PM »
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Actually none of us might see the results since it also takes 20 years for a signal to make it back.

At least you'll know if half-way it still on course, which is better than nothing...

Re: Project 'Starshot' for Interstellar Space Exploration
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2016, 06:46:36 PM »
It will only take 4.2 years or so for the signal to return to us.
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Re: Project 'Starshot' for Interstellar Space Exploration
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2016, 07:46:17 PM »
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You shouldn't be playing God with your life. In 20 years you will see it happen... Even if someone will be pushing you on a wheelchair... ;-)

In 20 years I'll be 87. Probably demented and possibly blind. don't think it'll matter.
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Re: Project 'Starshot' for Interstellar Space Exploration
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2016, 04:54:47 PM »
The thing won't get off the ground for decades, probably, so add that to the 20 years.

 :shucks:
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Offline AllPurposeAtheist

Re: Project 'Starshot' for Interstellar Space Exploration
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2016, 05:31:19 PM »
The last time we tried to get to Alpha Centauri THIS is what happened! 
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Offline Hydra009

Re: Project 'Starshot' for Interstellar Space Exploration
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2016, 07:18:32 PM »
Am I the only one impressed by the potential 20% speed of light capability?
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Offline AllPurposeAtheist

Re: Project 'Starshot' for Interstellar Space Exploration
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2016, 10:32:56 AM »
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Am I the only one impressed by the potential 20% speed of light capability?
Life is just too hectic to get in that big of a rush..
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Re: Project 'Starshot' for Interstellar Space Exploration
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2016, 10:53:22 AM »
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The last time we tried to get to Alpha Centauri THIS is what happened! 
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Re: Project 'Starshot' for Interstellar Space Exploration
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2016, 05:59:58 PM »
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God APA--I hate that show!  The evil villain and the little fucking brat were/are insipid, stupid, vapid, and just plain dumb!!  Hated Hogan's Hero's, F-Troop,  Car 54 Where Are You, and oh so many more.  Sitcom's suck!!

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