Stephen Hawking Plans To Send Probes To Alpha Centauri

Astrophysicist and all-around space enthusiast Stephen Hawking plans to send to tiny probes into the neighboring star of Alpha Centauri. How close is it? About 4.37 light-years away.

Given that most current spacecraft, including the latest New Horizons, can only fly at 33,000 miles per hour, it would take at least 20,000 years before the probe could ever reach. Which is why Hawking is proposing a new method to send the probe.

The radical new method is called Breakthrough Starshot which will increase the speed in which the probe will travel up to 100 million miles per hour. This effectively will reduce the time to reach Alpha Centauri from 20,000 years to about 20 years.

Unfortunately, building the technology is costly which is why Russian billionaire Yuri Milner will be footing the bill with an estimate 100 million dollars. Mark Zuckerberg will also be part of the board which means that Hawking has the support of some big names for his project.

Breakthrough Shot Probe

As to when the technology will be made, Milner and Hawking admit that it will take some time before the first probe goes into space. However, Milner remains optimistic with a statement he gave during their press conference.

“The human story is one of great leaps.” Milner states. “Fifty-five years ago today, (Russian cosmonaut) Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space. Today, we are preparing for the next great leap — to the stars.”

Source: Breakthrough (YouTube)

 

logo

Related posts

Netflix网飞会员,如何使用支付宝购买!

Netflix网飞会员,如何使用支付宝购买!


Netflix网飞会员,如何使用支付宝购买!

Netflix成立于1997年,是一家在线影片租赁提供商,主要提供超大数量的DVD并免费递送,总部位于美国加利福尼亚州洛斯盖图。Netflix为全球50多个国家的超过62万会员提供100多万个小时的电视节目和电影,包括原创系列,纪录片和故事片。会员可以随时随地在任何设备上观看,并且没有广告。 如何使用支付宝购买和兑换Netflix 礼品卡? 在OffGamers网站搜索‘Netflix’并使用支付宝进行结算 访问Netflix 礼品卡兑换页面。...

Best Skills to Use in Bayonetta 3

Best Skills to Use in Bayonetta 3


Best Skills to Use in Bayonetta 3

Bayonetta 3 is finally here on Nintendo Switch! The powerful, dark-humoured witch we all know and love is back, and this time, she faces a man-made evil. Bayonetta 3 has all kinds of weapons and skills you can acquire on your journey. In this guide, we’ll look at some of the best skills...

A Guide to All Characters in Gotham Knights

A Guide to All Characters in Gotham Knights


A Guide to All Characters in Gotham Knights

The Gotham Knights game is one of the most anticipated games in recent memory. Everyone has been patiently waiting to get a look at the game, the characters you can play and the secrets you can unlock along the way. We're excited to announce that the game has dropped, and we have an...