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Credit Card Sized Spacecraft Poised to Sail to Alpha Centauri

As a space-faring species, we’ve done a fair job of exploring and exploiting our local neighborhood. We’re pretty good at putting people and machines into orbit, but our galactic-scale signature is pretty tiny. Our radio signals areShow More Summary

"[T]he types who surfaced in Charlottesville on Saturday are certainly human beings of the most repellent and disgusting sort, murderous too..."

"... pretty much violent, evil sociopaths. I wouldn't mind if they were all rounded up, put in a space ship, and sent on a one-way trip to Alpha Centauri.... What happened in Charlottesville isn't us. It's just a small group of real bad people. Show More Summary

Researchers Just Launched A Prototype Of Humanity's First 'Interstellar Spacecraft'

Image Courtesy of Zac Manchester Last year, extraterrestrial exploration venture Breakthrough Initiatives announced an ambitious plan to send tons of tiny spacecraft to our nearest neighbouring star system, Alpha Centauri. The project, called Breakthrough Starshot, is focused on launching lightweight 'nanocraft' to the stars at rip-roaring speeds. Show More Summary

Smallest satellite ever paves way for planned interstellar fleet

Breakthrough Starshot, the $100 million project to send tiny spacecraft to Alpha Centauri, successfully operated a mini-satellite in orbit for the first time

Doctor Whooligan: The Eaters of Light, Chicago TARDIS Update, The War Master, Alpha Centauri Returns!

With filming of the 2017 Christmas Special now underway, the reality of Peter Capaldi’s departure is setting in. It is really sad, but it is also a time of enthusiasm as the season reaches a crescendo. Despite the fact that it reused...Show More Summary

‘Doctor Who’ Underrated Friend of the Week: Alpha Centauri

3 months agoTechnology / Gadgets :

You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all? Each week, I will dig into […] The post ‘Doctor Who’ Underrated Friend of the Week: Alpha Centauri appeared first on


Video Game Description: It was supposed to be a short test run - a quick flight to Alpha Centauri and back. But when mankind’s first experimental jump drive goes wrong, a misfit crew finds itself... For more, visit our blog !

Breakthrough Starshot: getting to Proxima Centauri b – Science Weekly podcast

Hannah Devlin explores the Breakthrough Starshot Initiative, which aims to use lasers to propel spherical sails to Alpha Centauri - our closest star system - over four light years away Subscribe & Review on iTunes, Soundcloud, Audioboom,...Show More Summary

"Alpha Centauri Up Close!" --NASA Looks at Using the Sun as a Giant Gravity Lens to Study Alien Planets

NASA says it could study distant exoplanets by using the sun as a giant gravity lens revealing (if it was Earth) islands, rivers, parks, Great Walls, freeways, cities, and so on. Imagine an alien spacecraft sitting at the gravitational focus...        

Slowing down an interstellar spacecraft at Alpha Centauri

While one of the most important challenges for future interstellar travel is to how send a probe to another stellar system relatively quickly, another issue that needs to be resolved is how to successfully slow down such a spacecraft once it gets there. Show More Summary

UFOs, NASA, and Shiny New Planets

A curious aspect of the UFO phenomena is why more people aren’t curious about it. I don’t mean regular people. A Newsweek poll shows most Americans (54 per cent) believe UFOs are visiting Earth from Alpha Centauri, or Sirius A, or Krypton, or some other place with...

WATCH Today's NASA TV 'Exoplanet' Press Conference 1 PM EST --"Will They Reveal Discovery of Another Earth-Like Planet in Alpha Centauri?"

There is an interesting paper with press conference participants Sara Seager and Michael Gillon among the authors in 2015 "Hubble Space Telescope search for the transit of the Earth-mass exoplanet Alpha Centauri Bb" that says results from exoplanet surveys indicate...        

NASA's 'Exoplanet' Press Conference --"Will They Reveal Discovery of Another Earth-Like Planet in Alpha Centauri Star System?" (Sara Seager of MIT and Caltech's Sean Carey Might Hold the Clue)

A clue to the discovery NASA will reveal tomorrow might well be the presence of Michael Gillon, astronomer at the University of Liege in Belgium; Sean Carey, manager of NASA's Spitzer Science Center at Caltech/IPAC; and Sara Seager, professor of...        

21ST CENTURY QUESTIONS: Calculating what it would take to park a solar sail at Alpha Centauri….

21ST CENTURY QUESTIONS: Calculating what it would take to park a solar sail at Alpha Centauri.

This week in space: Boeing, SpaceX, and tiny satellites

How do we make sure the tiny satellites of Breakthrough Starshot don't sail on past Alpha Centauri? Also in this issue: touchscreen-friendly space suits, a shiny new coronagraph at the Keck Observatory, and a Congressional homework assignment for SpaceX. The post This week in space: Boeing, SpaceX, and tiny satellites appeared first on ExtremeTech.

An Interstellar Spacecraft Could Use Starlight To Reach Another Star

8 months agoTechnology : Forbes: Tech

The Breakthrough Starshot project plans to send small spacecraft to Proxima Centauri, and it could use the light of Alpha Centauri it get there.

How an Interstellar Starship Could Actually Explore Alpha Centauri

8 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Last year, Stephen Hawking and Russian billionaire Yuri Milner hatched an ambitious plan to send a tiny probe to the Alpha Centauri star system. Travelling at 20 percent the speed of light, the researchers weren’t entirely sure how the probe was supposed to stop once it arrived at its destination, or whether it would… Read more...

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