Stephen Hawking joins Yuri Milner and others in a fantastic bid to explore outer space
With a team of brilliant minds beside him, Internet investor Yuri MIlner announced that he’s spending $100 million on a fantastic and futuristic plan to explore the final frontier.
At a press conference held at One World Observatory in New York, Milner shared his plan, and said that the eventual goal is sending hundreds or thousands of tiny spacecraft, each weighing far less than an ounce, to the Alpha Centauri star system.
The idea is that the spacecraft would be powered by energy from a powerful array of Earth-based lasers, flying at about one-fifth the speed of light. They could reach Alpha Centauri in 20 years, where they could make observations and send the results back to Earth.