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Another Look at Fermi’s Paradox

If intelligent alien life is so abundant, then where is it? Image Credit: NASA / HST

Enrico Fermi was a theoretical and experimental physicist known for his work on the first nuclear reactor and his contributions to quantum theory, particle physics, and statistical mechanics. He won the Nobel Prize in 1938 and was widely [...]

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At some indeterminate time in the future, our descendents will take the sage advice of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky—the father of modern cosmonautics—to its ultimate conclusion: by leaving the cradle forever and setting sail for the stars. To do so, our children and grandchildren will face daunting technological, biological, sociological, and engineering challenges. Photo Credit: NASA

It is [...]

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Artist impression of the Project Orion spacecraft traveling through the solar system. Image Credit: NASA

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The trajectories of the twin Voyagers and Pioneers shown together with the more direct route to the edge of the solar system, which would be followed by a purpose-built interstellar probe. Image Credit: NASA

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