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Astronomy for Change Workshop: Sister-like Earth-mass planet orbiting Proxima Centauri

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Published on Nov 15, 2016

Public Talk: Startshot Project

BreakThrough StarShot. Turning a brilliant stroke of insight into Science Reality! Sending nano ships into space to find new live in the Alpha Centauri System

Why Alpha Centauri System? It is the closest stellar system to ours at 4.3 light years
Twenty two year travel time
Realization of mission goals within one human lifetime
Stellar analog of our sun
High probability of Earth-mass planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the cool, red companion that completes this trinary system


Closest stellar system to ours at 4.3 light years
Twenty two year travel time
Realization of mission goals within one human lifetime
Stellar analog of our sun
High probability of Earth-mass planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the cool, red companion that completes this trinary system


Yuri Milner:
β€œthe big questions of life in the Universe: Are we alone? Are there habitable worlds in our galactic neighborhood? Can we make the great leap to the stars? And can we think and act together – as one world in the cosmos?”
Starshot proposal
1-gram-mass scale nanocraft (mass and dimensions of an i-pod or i-phone) accelerated to 1/5 (20%) light speed to reach our nearest Stellar Neighbor 4.2 light years distant

Yuri Milner provided $100 M Seed funding
Blue-ribbon panel formed as initial collaborators including
Astrophysicist Stephan Hawking
Physicist Freeman Dyson
Widow and partner-in-science of the late Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan
Open project welcoming public input and participation

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