Breakthrough Starshot sending craft to Alpha Centauri

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  1. chrisr777

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    GAD Wubbalubbadubdub Silver Supporting Member

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    Interesting. I'd think Proxima Centauri would be a better choice, but what do I know? :dunno


    [Edit] Should have been more clear that I was joking. Ah well.
     
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    Its all the same system. Proxima is technically the closest. With nanocraft they could send probes to different parts of the system.

    We'd still have to wait 4+ years for the results of the probe encounters
     
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    Nurk2 "Ignore Everybody" ~Hugh MacLeod

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    This is obviously just asking for trouble.
     
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    What's fascinating is how they're doing it. We thought that we would definitely be rocketing our way through space and would need all this rocket fuel, but now they're putting a sail up and using a 'laser' to push it.

    Awesome stuff.

    Why, because of Aliens?
     
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    Proxima Centauri is part of the Alpha Centauri system, which is a triple star system and is orbiting the Binary Alpha Centauri A and Alpha Centauri B. However, the reason is that Alpha Centauri is known to have a planetary system, whereas Proxima Centauri has not had any planets detected.
     
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    I agree. Why advertise your location? Our history dealing with sentient species has proven they're very dangerous.
     
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    4 years c'mon within 5 minutes of them getting there there will be selfies on facebook
     
  9. sixstringfuel

    sixstringfuel Hotdogs kill Silver Supporting Member

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    There's a lot of obstacles to overcome before this could be possible. None the less it would be pretty pretty good!
     
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    That's mindblowingly awesome,..if they can actually make it happen. If so hope I make it long enough to see the results.

    BTW -- www.space.com sucks -- bloated a F with ads,....holy f...
     
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    One of the the challenges not listed in pursuing this venture: shrinking humans to sub-nanotech size in order to captain the vessel and hoist sails, yarrrr...
     
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    Tom CT Old Supporting Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Arthur C. Clarke discussed propelling spacecraft with the Sun's "radiation pressure" in his 1963 short story, Sunjammer. I wonder if this concept is similar.
     
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    I doubt it - the solar wind only goes out so far... For example, Voyager is beyond the heliopause now as far as I know so the sun couldn't propel it anymore even if it had 'sails'.
     
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    The gravitational flux must be enormous.
     
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    Legit Alien aliens- chest bursters, acid for blood, retractable inner mouth, if they impregnate a dog it runs fast on 4 legs and walls, the queen is a gigantic version of the small ones, and Sigourney Weaver isnt getting any younger.
     
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    I call shotgun. What a ride it'd be.
     
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    Oh sure, within ten or fifteen years you'll be all, "Are we there yet? Are we there yet?"
     
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    Or "oh man I gotta pee- I gotta go".
     
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    A couple of additional problems come to mind. You'll be passing by any planets at over 37.000 miles per second. Also after one light year in space radio waves are mostly washed out from interference. Still a fascinating proposal. And 60,000 g's acceleration? Check your headrests, folks.
     
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    100 Million just to move in.
    5-6-7-8-900 Million and they might do it in 25 years. Probably top 2 Billion IF it gets done.
     

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