Wednesday April 13, 2016

Stephen Hawking And Billionaire Team Up On $100M Quest To Find Alien Life

Yesterday, Stephen Hawking and billionaire Yuri Milner announced that they plan to build a fleet of tiny interstellar spacecraft that can travel at twenty percent the speed of light. Hawking said he believes this project is the first step in finding life on other planets.

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Stephen Hawking and Russian billionaire Yuri Milner are teaming up in a $100 million hunt for alien life that will rely on a fleet of postage stamp-sized spacecraft to explore the universe. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will also join Milner and Hawking on the board of Breakthrough Starshot, a philanthropic initiative to focus on space exploration and the search for life in the universe. Astronomers believe an Earth-like planet could exist within the "habitable zones" of Alpha Centauri, the closest star system to Earth, located 25 trillion miles (or 4.37 light-years) away.