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Dec 28, 2017

NASA Planning Mission to Alpha Centauri—in 2069

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NASA is prepping for a trip to the nearby three-star Alpha Centauri system—in 2069.

That’s my kind of advanced planning.

The mission, first announced by New Scientist, would include a 44-year-long expedition to an exoplanet in search of signs of life. Assuming NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) can figure out how to travel at a tenth of the speed of light.

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  • John Sears on December 28, 2017 4:00 pm

    Why 1/10 of c? Is this the limit above which friction with interstellar matter would be a problem?