Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Intro part 1 Starships: Reaching for the Highest Bar - Gregory Benford

"As this book was being created, word came that an Earth-sized planet had been discovered circling Alpha Centauri B, one member of the three-star system closest to us. Alpha Centauri Bb is locked facing the star, a hellish half-world indeed, with a frigid, dark shadowed hemisphere. This rocky planet around our nearest neighbor has ignited interest in sending probes there, as a first venture into interstellar space. Moreover, based on results from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft –looking for planets around stars in a segment of the sky–we now know that multiple-planet systems are common, especially when small rocky planets are found close to the central star." 4 out of 5 http://www.starshipcentury.com/blog/part-1-the-highest-bar/