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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

3 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

3 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...

Space travel visionaries solve the problem of interstellar slowdown at Alpha Centauri

In April last year, billionaire Yuri Milner announced the Breakthrough Starshot Initiative. He plans to invest 100 million US dollars in the development of an ultra-light light sail that can be accelerated to 20 percent of the speed of light to reach the Alpha Centauri star system within 20 years. Show More Summary

Full braking at Alpha Centauri

Space travel visionaries solve the problem of interstellar slowdown at our stellar neighbour

Self-Healing Transistors for Chip-Scale Starships

Transistor design would help "chip ship" survive radiation of 20-year trip to Alpha Centauri

This Week's Top NASA & Space News (Weekend Feature)

"What Came Before the Big Bang?" --Intriguing New Theories on the Origin of Time (Today's "Galaxy" Stream) "Songs of a Distant Earth" --The ESO's Search for Planets of Alpha Centauri/ China Powers Up the Search for Extraterrestrial Civilization (VIEW VIDEO)...        

"Songs of a Distant Earth" --The ESO's Search for Planets of Alpha Centauri

Science may soon imitate fiction. In Arthur C. Clarke’s The Songs of a Distant Earth, scientists discover the sun will go supernova in the year 3600, and a massive effort is undertaken to spread humanity to the stars, using robotic...        

'Very Large' telescope gets massive upgrade to hunt for habitable planets

4 months agoLifestyle / Fashion : AOL: Style

BY: Josh King, Veuer Scientists are souping up a telescope in Chile in order to take a closer look at the Alpha Centauri star system and maybe even find some habitable planets. The Very Large Telescope at the European Southern Observatory is getting an upgrade and the Breakthrough Initiatives firm is putting up the money for the project. Show More Summary

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