|Interstellar Flight: The Benefits to Astronomy & Astrophysics
Kelvin Long (Executive Director, The Initiative for Interstellar Studies)
Deep observations in astronomy have opened our understanding of the Solar System, Galaxy and the wider Universe. In this talk I discuss the idea of direct in-situ reconnaissance of nearby stellar systems using robotic probes. In particular, I consider what additional knowledge can be learned that can only be obtained by such close encounters. This work is in support of Project Starshot, an effort to send a gram-scale probe towards another star at 0.2c within the next two decades, and return images and other data to the Earth.
|Date||January 24, 2018|
|Start/End Time||02:00 PM - 03:00 PM|
|Location||Building 34, Room E215|
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