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Alpha Centauri Alien Life to Be Hunted by NASA Probe in 2069

Alpha Centauri Alien Life to Be Hunted by NASA Probe in 2069
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By    |   Friday, 29 December 2017 10:46 AM

Alpha Centauri could harbor alien life, and NASA is making plans to find out, with an interstellar probe scheduled for 2069.

The U.S. space agency recently revealed its plans to send a robotic spacecraft to the neighboring star system 52 years from now, which is around the same time as the 100th anniversary of Apollo 11's trip to the Moon, The Mirror reported.

Alpha Centauri lies 24.9 trillion miles from Earth and is home to three stars, Centauri A, Centauri B, and Proxima Centauri.

According to Engadget, NASA's space probe would focus on the potentially habitable exoplanet, Proxima B, which was discovered orbiting Proxima Centauri last year.

Astronomers believe there are other small, Earth-like planets in the star system which could likely harbor alien life, The Mirror said.

It would take about 30,000 years to travel to Alpha Centauri with current technology, according to Metro.

A spacecraft that can travel at a minimum of 10 percent of the speed of light would reduce the travelling distance to 44 years. NASA has already taken the first step by outlining the goals of the mission.

"We'll be able to characterize the atmosphere," said Stacy Weinstein-Weiss of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, according to Metro. "We'll be able to see the planet, assuming it's not covered in clouds."

The mission will not be manned and NASA is considering various options such as shooting tiny probes powered by lasers, the Mirror reported.

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