Stephen Hawking has decided to take part in a £100 million project aimed at searching for life on other planets. The legendary scientist announced a launch of the innovative project along with Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg and a Russian billionaire Yuri Milner.
During the Breakthrough Starshot mission, tiny nanocraft driven by rays of light will be sent to the star system of Alpha Centauri.
According to scientific calculations, it will take 20 years for the nanocraft to reach the star system that is 25 trillion miles away from Earth.
Now it is considered that it takes the fastest modern spacecraft 30 000 years to cover a distance equal to 4.37 light-years.
"For the first time in human history, we can do more than just look at stars – we can reach them," Milner said.
Hawking noted that 55 years ago, Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space and now they are getting ready for the next big jump. According to him, Earth is a great place, but it cannot last forever and all the humanity will turn to the stars sooner or later.
Scientists aim to achieve the star system, expecting to discover an unusual alien life, which has never been noticed with the help of human technologies before.