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Pack a Bag for the Stars: A Shopping List for Deep Space?

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

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Reaching for the Stars Part 2: Practical Interstellar Travel

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

The idea of journeying to the stars is nothing new. As early as 1929, the British scientist J. D. Bernal wrote about the possibility of generation ships—enormous spacecraft, like miniature worlds, which would take hundreds or thousands of years [...]

Astronomers Find Earth-Sized Planet Orbiting Alpha Centauri B

Artist’s concept of the newly-discovered planet, Alpha Centauri Bb, in orbit around its parent star, with Alpha Centauri A visible at bottom left and our Sun at upper right. The discovery was made by tracking perturbations in Alpha Centauri B’s movements as small as a baby’s crawl…an astonishing accomplishment when one considers that the [...]