Nasa’s new scientist reports that NASA is planning a trip to Alpha Centauri in the year 2069. According to the scientist, the project has not named yet, and the technology able to get a probe so far in space doesn’t exist, but there’s a lot of work ahead of these researchers to make it possible. It is a big dream that will need a lot of effort. Alpha Centauri is the neighboring star system to earth and maybe home to small Earth-like planets which have been neglected yet.
This star system is placed in the constellation of Centaurus at a distance of 4.3 light years from Earth. It has three starts that are Centauri A, Centauri B, and Proxima Centauri. This project is imagined as it will involve examining the exoplanet Proxima B particularly, doing so in the search for clues of life beyond our planet. Nasa is planning to develop the technology that can travel at the tenth speed of light that means it will take approximately 44 years for the mission’s future spacecraft to arrive at its target.
As this project will need technology that does not exist, but Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory might just be able to pull it off in time. Anthony Freeman who presented the mission concept in this year said that it is very nebulous. The project launch would coincide with the 100th anniversary of the first Moon landing.
The fastest spacecraft built till the time was Helios probes that can reach 250,000 kilometers per hour and it will take around 18,000 years to get to Alpha Centauri. The star system which is approximately 4.3 light years from Earth and 40 trillion kilometers of scale. Other ways are still under consideration involving harnessing nuclear reactions or by collision antimatter and matter.
There is a known exoplanet in the Alpha Centauri star system, Proxima Centauri B, which orbits a red dwarf star. It has not been considered an ideal location for finding alien life. This star throws outbursts of radiations that make the conditions inhospitable. This project aims to find out if there is any extraterrestrial life in the star system. The satellite will search for artificial structures, sources of light as well as land modifications that could be made by intelligent life.
Thought the plan is under consideration and the scientists are looking forward to the new technology to find a way out to reach neighbouring galaxy and maybe soon we will be able to hear about the evidence of alien life. If we assume that the spacecraft gets to its destination in future, then it will be exciting, and we might be able to solve various puzzles that reside in the far space.