This is one expensive search party. Professor Stephen Hawking has thrown his weight behind a project that promises to explore the furthest corners of space.
The search for alien life continues!
The legendary professor announced on Facebook he was a part of a $100 million project to find the time-scale of a human life by finding things no other space exploratory probe has done before.
Here is a news clip talking more about his plan:
On his Facebook page it read:
“Today, at the One World Observatory in New York City, Yuri Milner and I launched a mission to the stars. Mark Zuckerberg lent his support by joining the board of our new initiative, Breakthrough Starshot.
Within the next generation, Breakthrough Starshot aims to develop a ‘nanocraft’ – a gram-scale robotic space probe – and use a light beam to push it to 20 percent of the speed of light. If we are successful, a flyby mission could reach Alpha Centauri about 20 years after launch, and send back images of any planets discovered in the system.
Albert Einstein once imagined riding on a light beam, and his thought experiment led him to the theory of special relativity. A little over a century later, we have the chance to attain a significant fraction of that speed: 100 million miles an hour. Only by going that fast can we reach the stars on the time-scale of a human life.
It is exciting to be involved in such an ambitious project, pushing the boundaries of ingenuity and engineering. – SH”