Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Project Icarus: Reaching for Interstellar Space : Discovery News

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Project Icarus: Reaching for Interstellar Space : Discovery News

PROJECT ICARUS: REACHING FOR INTERSTELLAR SPACE is an ambitious five-year study into launching an unmanned spacecraft to an interstellar destination. Headed by the , a non-profit group of scientists dedicated to interstellar spaceflight, Icarus is working to develop a spacecraft that can travel to a nearby star, study any planets around it and, possibly, find any potential life. Tau Zero Takes Aim at Interstellar Propulsion Guest contributor Paul Gilster explains how interstellar spaceflight may become a reality. Project Daedalus: A Plan for an Interstellar Mission Guest contributer Richard Obousy explains how a nuclear-based technology has inspired a starship's design. Sizing Up the Daedalus Interstellar Spacecraft : Slide Show To travel to another star, you'll need a big spaceship. But how big is "big"? Project Icarus: Which Exoplanet to Visit? Guest contributor Ian Crawford explains why the interstellar mission will have to be choosy about its first star system target....

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