Earlier this month, astrophysicist Stephen Hawking made an astounding announcement: he and his billionaire partner Yuri Milner were going to build a tiny ass spaceship that could reach Alpha Centauri in 20 years.
It would travel 25 trillion miles, and do so at 1/6th the speed of light.
It sounded fucking rad as hell. But how would it actually work? That’s what everyone’s wondering, and this excellent explainer from The Verge’s Loren Grush breaks it all down.
It’s fucking sweet.
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[Via The Verge]