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Interactive video lesson plan for: Can We Get to Alpha Centauri?

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You like space exploration, and we like space exploration. So why aren't we investigating our closest to galactic neighbor, the triple star system Alpha Centauri? Is it time to give interstellar travel a shot? How would we do it? Hank explains our options, and lays out the challenges. Short version: You're gonna have to be patient!

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Sources for this episode:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/11/science/space/scientists-cast-doubt-on-the-closest-exoplanet.html?_r=1&

http://news.discovery.com/space/alien-life-exoplanets/time-to-plan-for-a-millennium-mission-to-alpha-centauri-130617.htm

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2012/10/16/alpha-centauri-has-a-planet/#.Uilb1JJt5r8

http://www.space.com/5094-alpha-centauri.html

http://earthsky.org/space/alpha-centauri-travel-time

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/49469723/ns/technology_and_science-space/t/alpha-centauri-mission-make-it-so-experts-say/#.UilebpJt5r8

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/10/could-we-one-day-send-humans-to-the-newly-discovered-planet-orbiting-alpha-centauri-b/263765/

Tagged under: space exploration,space science,Alpha Centauri,voyager,exoplanets,exobiology,propulsion,space travel,science,SciShow,Hank Green

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