Tag Archives: Interstellar Flight

Voyager 2 probe enters interstellar space

NASA says its Voyager 2 probe has become the second human-made object to fly into interstellar space — six years after its twin, Voyager 1, became the first. Based on readings from its onboard instruments, the mission’s scientists have determined that … Continue reading

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Is weird object a starship? Scientists will check

Is that cigar-shaped, fast-moving interstellar object a spaceship? Almost certainly not, but Breakthrough Listen will check just to make sure. The Breakthrough Listen campaign, which checks celestial targets for radio signals from intelligent civilizations, will turn the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia toward … Continue reading

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Tiny probes get tested for interstellar mission

Breakthrough Starshot says it’s been testing prototype interstellar spacecraft no bigger than postage stamps in orbit for the past month, and they seem to be working just fine. Six of the 1.4-inch-square circuit boards, dubbed “Sprites,” were launched into low Earth … Continue reading

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Here’s how to stop a speeding starship

Millions of dollars are being spent on a scheme to speed up swarms of tiny sail-equipped probes to 20 percent of the speed of light and send them past Alpha Centauri – but how do you slow them down again? … Continue reading

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Starship science is built into ‘Passengers’ script

The science is under the hood in “Passengers,” a love story set on a giant starship – and screenwriter Jon Spaihts is the guy who put it there. Chances are most movie fans are going to the movie to see Hollywood … Continue reading

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Going to Alpha Centauri? Try antimatter

Project Blue’s scientists still have to raise more than $800,000 over the next 15 days to reach their initial crowdfunding goal for a mission to observe Alpha Centauri’s alien planets, but they’re already thinking about how future explorers could get there. … Continue reading

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