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Stephen Hawking and a Russian Billionaire Want to Build an Interstellar Starship

Stephen Hawking and a Russian Billionaire Want to Build an Interstellar Starship Not content to simply sit tight and wait for ET to hail us, Milner now plans to build interstellar spacecraft.In a joint announcement at the One World Observatory in New York City today, Milner and Stephen Hawking unveiled Breakthrough Starshot, a $100 million research and engineering program seeking to lay the foundations for an eventual interstellar voyage.

Flat science budgets could kill the Arecibo Observatory, the world’s largest telescope

The Arecibo Observatory has been the world’s largest single-aperture telescope for more than 50 years.Unfortunately, federal funding has generally failed to keep up with the ways that funding could be distributed.

Despite early reports, SETI doesn’t think we’ve just found alien life

Despite early reports, SETI doesn’t think we’ve just found alien life “Not a Drill: SETI Is Investigating a Possible Extraterrestrial Signal From Deep Space,” said the Observer, while New Scientist thrilled that a “Mysterious SETI signal sends alien-hunting telescopes scrambling.” There’s just one problem: even SETI doesn’t actually think this is anything, saying that it isn’t “terribly promising” from their perspective.

The week in space: A failed Milky Way, a shadow Planet 9 and an earth-shattering kaboom

The week in space: A failed Milky Way, a shadow Planet 9 and an earth-shattering kaboom It’s still sending us photos from Ceres, well after its planned EOL, and NASA intends to wring out every bit of science it can.Speaking of cold, dark things that are unhelpfully far away and difficult to observe, scientists presented evidence for another planetoid in our solar system, dubbed Planet 9 (from outer space!

New Project Blue space telescope to image exoplanets in Alpha Centauri

New Project Blue space telescope to image exoplanets in Alpha Centauri Now a just-announced collaboration called Project Blue has been founded to launch a lightweight, low-overhead space telescope, to look at the two largest stars in that system, Alpha Centauri A and B.The idea is that the Project Blue telescope would directly image any orbiting planets within the stars’ habitable zones.

This week in space: DARPA, Juno, and no aliens

This week in space: DARPA, Juno, and no aliens A software hiccup seems to have been behind the spacecraft entering safe mode on October 19, because when mission control told it to come back out of safe mode five days later, nothing physical appeared to be wrong.“Juno exited safe mode as expected, is healthy and is responding to all our commands,” said Rick Nybakken, Juno project manager.

Scientists plan to aim the world's most powerful telescopes at the 'alien megastructure star'

Scientists plan to aim the world's most powerful telescopes at the 'alien megastructure star' That’s the idea behind SETI, and also the huge new alien-hunting Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) in China.Even the scientists who work on the big radio telescopes acknowledge the odds are long.