Tiny space probes will be sent out in space to explore stars and they will be using ground-based laser light beamers from Earth, ultralight nanocrafts will be travelling to the nearby stars at the speeds of 100 million miles an hour, as confirmed by for Breakthrough Starshot.
Just a day after unveiling their ambitious 10-year plan into action. Facebook, who is forefront in the tech world, the founder and current CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Wednesday that he will be teaming up with famous astrophysicist Stephen Hawking and Russian billionaire Yuri Milner to explore stars that are light-years away from our planet Earth to look out for water. In this project titled as Breakthrough Starshot, Zuckerberg and his crew members intend to build tiny space probes called as nanocrafts that will travel as fast as 20 percent of light speed, using the laser beams transmitted from ground. The probes’ light weight will help save fuel and allow the fleet of nanocrafts to be sent into space for exploration. The nanocrafts will be able to travel at 100 million miles per hour, as confirmed by Zuckerberg. The overall project will cost approximately $100 million dollars. “Our nearest star, Alpha Centauri, is 4.3 light-years or about 25 trillion miles away,” Zuckerberg writes on his Facebook page. “Even with today’s fastest spacecraft, it would take 30,000 years to get there. That’s too long.”
At this speed, the space probes can reach the Alpha Centauri star system in the span 20 years. Zuckerberg also hopes that the nanocrafts will be able to discover planets with water in their liquid state because they are kind of Goldilocks Zone planets—not too many are hot and not too cold as well, given planet’s distance from the nearest star, and thus able to sustain life. Despite NASA’s discovery of liquid water on our nearest planet Mars, Zuckerberg also writes that the “Mars has no water, so it would be difficult to ever live there.” Zuckerberg and Milner have long collaborated on other Breakthrough Initiatives to search for extraterrestrial life. In addition to Starshot, Breakthrough has a $100 million project to find life beyond Earth through artificial radio and optical signals and an upcoming $1 million competition to design a message about Earth, life and humanity. “It’s quite possible the closest planet that humans could actually live on is orbiting Alpha Centauri, and the only way to know that for sure is to visit close enough to photograph the planet, which is what this project will do,” Zuckerberg writes.