Is It Possible To Explore Newly Discovered Earth Like World?

Astronomers have discovered a possible Earth like world called Proxima b in the Alpha Centauri system and Stephen Hawking’s Starshot probes may go fast enough to cover the distance, but they might not survive the journey.

The probes are wafer thin and come equipped with a light sail that can catch a light beam shot from Earth to reach one fifth the speed of light.

The problem is that when you travel that fast even a speck of dust can be a problem. Traveling through gas is easier on the probe than dust; a large speck of dust could destroy the whole thing, but even if that doesn’t happen scientists expect 30 percent of the nanocraft to be destroyed.

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