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NASA Scientists Consider Mission To Another Solar System For 2069

A group of scientists at NASA is looking into the possibility of launching an interstellar mission in 2069 to one of our nearest stars, IFL Science reports. It’s unlikely anyone alive today will see the fruits of the mission, but the scientific return would be undeniable. First reported by New Scientist, the mission would involve sending a spacecraft at 10 percent the speed of light to Alpha Centauri, our nearest star system at 4.2 light-years away. The spacecraft would be put into orbit around a planet there and look for signs of life. Anthony Freeman, manager of the Formulation Office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California, presented the concept at the 2017 American…