Project Blue revives its planet quest

Project Blue telescope
An artist’s concept shows a preliminary design for the Project Blue telescope. (Project Blue via Vimeo)

Project Blue is launching a second try to attract crowdfunding for a space telescope designed to study planets in the Alpha Centauri system, months after the first try fizzled.

This time around, the BoldlyGo Institute and its Project Blue partners – including the SETI Institute, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and Mission Centaur – are aiming to raise a minimum of $175,000 through the Indiegogo crowdfunding website.

Whatever money they raise will go toward nailing down the requirements for the Project Blue mission and engaging with potential industry partners.

The mission’s objective is to look for potentially habitable planets around the Alpha Centauri double-star system.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributing editor at GeekWire, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.

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