NASA all set to celebrate moon landing anniversary with aliens

NASA announced today their plans for  searching life outside our solar system.

The US space agency plans to send a  spacecraft to neighbouring star system Alpha Centauri in 2069 – the 100th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Alpha Centauri, which is “only” 24.9 trillion miles from Earth, consists of three stars: Centauri A, Centauri B, and Proxima Centauri.

It has been the subject of great scientific and public interest ever since an Earth-like planet was discovered orbiting Proxima Centauri last year.

Known as Proxima b, the planet resides in Proxima Centauri’s “habitable zone”, where temperatures are enough to permit liquid surface water.

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However, it is regularly blasted by powerful ultraviolet rays and X-rays from the star, so any life that evolved on its surface would have to fight against the radiation.

Astronomers believe there are “almost certainly” other small Earth-like planets capable of harbouring alien life in the Alpha Centauri star system.

But visiting Alpha Centauri would require a spacecraft that can travel at a minimum of 10% of the speed of light – nearly 30 million metres per second.

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Even if this could be achieved, the journey would still take 44 years, meaning the spacecraft would not reach Alpha Centauri until the year 2113.

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