Humanity is fascinated with space and opportunity to go there. Just thinking about the possible conquest of other planets and interstellar travel makes our hearts beat faster. And yet, we send into space, not people, and robots and there are a lot of reasons. So, a group of researchers from the applied physics Laboratory of John Hopkins University (USA) wants to send a probe into interstellar space, according to the publication Wired. Pending the approval of NASA, the researchers argue that the project could start in 2030.
What was the first step to interstellar space?
One of the most important achievements of human civilization, of course, is to run the probes Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, which took place in 1977. Voyager was not originally intended for release into interstellar space. Their main task was to collect information about the gas giants — Jupiter and Saturn and our Solar system. Today, these robotic machines have gone beyond the heliosphere, and continue to send to Earth the data. However, the trip length is 42 years reflected on the state of the probes, so sooner or later link with them is lost. Latest news from the world of science and high technologies you can read on our channel in Yandex.Zen.
However, the information which may be obtained by probes, furrowing the space, can be really priceless. So researchers from NASA are going to send into space vehicles, aimed at long-term interstellar travel. The basic plan appeared in the study of interstellar probes, which is funded by NASA. In the course of the study launch, the spacecraft, which weighs 770 kg. during launch, the rocket razognat to speeds in excess of 160934,4 km per hour — and it’s fast enough to leave the Solar system. The purpose of the device is to overcome 148 billion km from Earth in less than 15 years. For comparison, Voyager 1 and 2 took almost 40 years to fly a total of 20 billion km away. the Researchers believe that the first interstellar mission will lead to new breakthroughs in space exploration. In cultural and scientific terms, that mission is inevitable. The only question is when it will happen.
Leaving the heliosphere
While the Voyager 1 and 2 were equipped with only basic instruments, the proposed spacecraft will have multiple sensors that could better explore interstellar space, which remains largely a mystery to modern scientists. And out of the heliosphere — the bubble region of space around the Sun — may provide additional opportunities. We are inside a bubble, trying to figure out what his form and what happens outside of it, and it is very difficult. The uniqueness of the interstellar probeand is that we can go out and take pictures of our little bubble of inhabited space. What do you think is outside of our Solar system? Let’s talk about this with members of our Telegram chat.
Anyway, the planning of future missions inevitably leads to deep philosophical thinking. A full interstellar mission for a long time was considered impossible, but today, new technologies allow our robotic vehicles to go so far away from Earth as possible. Thanks to these space missions, we may finally get an answer to the question, are we alone in the Universe.