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Special Seminar

January

24

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
Event Type Seminars/Colloquia
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