Project Blue Space Telescope Will Find Another Earth With Crowdfunding

Posted: Nov 17 2016, 7:25am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

Project Blue Space Telescope Will Find Another Earth With Crowdfunding
  • Project Blue Space Telescope is being Built to view Another Planet like our Earth
 

A relatively small telescope is being built by the astronomers to view another planet like our earth.

The first small-sized telescope that will observe another earth-like planet in the future may have nothing to do with NASA or the ESA for that matter. Its origins may lie on the Net platform that is Kickstarter.

Termed Project Blue, it is not a scam. A group of professional scientists and engineers will oversee the project as a non-profit venture. This venture is called Mission Centaur. 

The goal is to find a place in the universe other than our home planet that could support life. The month and a half mission on Kickstarter started on November 15th and is hoped to gather funds to the amount of $1 million.

This will pick up the work where the personnel at NASA left it. Since NASA could not generate a million dollars for the project, Kickstarter will succeed in collecting the money in its place.

The money will also come in handy in the designing and research work for the project. The mission will ultimately require anywhere from $25 million to $50 million to go into orbit around the pale blue dot that is the earth. 

This will most likely occur in the next four to six years. It nowhere even comes close to the billions of dollars spent by NASA on its space observatories. Once the project is in orbit around the earth, a race against time will begin to attract even bigger funding parties.

Hopefully, this will be possible thanks to the attention that the project will have attracted by then. That is because after spooky things and fossils of dinosaurs, it is outer space that has captured the imagination of the world. 

The ultimate target of Project Blue is Alpha Centauri. It is 4.4 light years away. One of its stars known as Alpha Centauri A even resembles our own sun.

A planet, resembling our earth, being present somewhere in Alpha Centauri is still a hypothesis though. Up until now neither the Hubble Space Telescope or the Kepler Telescope have found any signs of life-supporting planets in the mists of space.

Therefore it is still a sort of hit-or-miss mission. Seeing the statistics, the chances are there though. The telescope that will be constructed by Project Blue is about the size of a washing machine.

It will be able to pick up signals from any dim objects in the recesses of space. Many hurdles still exist in the way of making this dream come true. Yet with a little elbow grease, it should see the light of day soon enough.

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