Five questions about NASA’s plans to visit an alien world in 2069

Like, can we even do that?

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Dec 29, 2017 · 5 min read
Alpha Centauri and Beta Centauri. Circled in red in-between is Proxima Centauri. Skatebiker, via Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0

By Rachel Feltman

Earlier this month, New Scientist reported that NASA has plans in the works to visit Alpha Centauri. While the plan is reportedly “nebulous,” the space agency hopes to launch something by 2069. Here’s what we know:

First things first: Why…

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