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Lightweight Picogram-Scale Probes Could be the Best way to Explore Other Star Systems

Inspiration for space exploration can come from all corners. One of the most inspiring, or terrifying, sources of inspiration for…

1 month ago

Laser-Powered Sails Would be Great for Exploring the Solar System too

A new study from UCLA shows how laser-driven light sails could be a cost-effective method for exploring the Solar System…

11 months ago

Lasers Could Send Missions to Mars in Only 45 Days

New research from McGill University shows that a powerful laser array could propel a fusion-engine spacecraft to Mars in a…

12 months ago

If Launched by 2028, a Spacecraft Could Catch up With Oumuamua in 26 Years

A new study by the Institute of Interstellar Studies (i4is) shows that with the right maneuver, a spacecraft could catch…

1 year ago

New Calculations Show That an Interstellar Bussard Ramjet Drive Would Need a Magnetic Field Stretching 150 Million Kilometres

A new analysis of the fabled Bussard Ramjet shows that the spacecraft would need an impossibly big magnetic field to…

1 year ago

A Space Telescope With one job: Find Habitable Planets at Alpha Centauri

Breakthrough Initiatives just announced a collaborative effort to launch a space telescope that will search for habitable planets around Alpha…

1 year ago

LightSail 2 Has Now Been in Space for 2 Years, and Should Last Even Longer Before Re-Entering the Atmosphere

The Planetary Society's crowdfunded solar-sailing CubeSat, LightSail 2, launched on June 25th 2019, and two years later the mission is…

2 years ago

Sending a Spacecraft to Another Star Will Require a Million Lasers Working Together

New research from the Australia National University shows that millions of lasers are the way to propel Breakthrough Starshot on…

2 years ago

There Should be About 7 Interstellar Objects Passing Through the Inner Solar System Every Year

A new study led by the Initiative for Interstellar Studies (i4is) has found that interstellar objects like 'Oumuamua visit our…

2 years ago

A Review of “Extraterrestrial” by Prof. Avi Loeb

Professor Avi Loeb's new book, Extraterrestrial, tells the tale of how he 'Oumuamua may be humanity's first interstellar messenger.

2 years ago