Proxima Centauri, the nearest star beyond our solar system
(left to right) Moderator Benjamin Palmer, Jemison, Tarter, Burton
The faint red star in the center of the red circle is Proxima Centauri, the nearest star beyond our solar system (Photo: Skatebiker via Wikipedia)
It's been about 10 months since DARPA announced it had awarded seed funding to form an independent, non-governmental organization with the goal of pursuing human interstellar space flight within the next 100 years. Leaders from this "100 Year Starship" effort took to the stage recently at the South By Southwest Interactive festival in Austin, Texas to talk a bit more about what it means to pursue such a "grand challenge."
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