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Our Nearest Star is Looking More and More Familiar

17 Nov 2017, 15:38 UTC
Our Nearest Star is Looking More and More Familiar ESO/M. Kornmesser

Life in the Universe doesn’t necessarily mean aliens – it could mean us. So far, no extraterrestrial life has visited the Earth, but humans haven’t traveled out into the Universe either. Will we ever have the chance to leave our Solar System and explore deep space? If we did, the obvious destination would be the nearest star to our Solar System, Proxima Centauri. With current rocket technology, it would take us tens of millions of years to reach the star. But a new project, called the Starshot Project, plans to lower the travel time to just 20 years.

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