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BristolCon Talk to be on ‘How can we send a probe to ‘Oumaumua?’

June 17th, 2019 · No Comments

Wow! We’re over the Moon (in more senses than one). BristolCon on 26th October will have a special speaker from i4is (Initiative for Interstellar Studies) giving  a talk about their project Lyra.

The idea behind project Lyra is to explore the opportunities for sending a small scientific probe to the interstellar asteroid ‘Oumuamua – the one that made a lot of headlines in the popular science press in late 2017 and early 2018.

‘Oumuamua is the first – and so far only – example of a rock from outside our own solar system that we humans have detected. There are currently several theories about its composition and certainly a lot of unknowns about it.  As such, sending a probe to it, so that we could make in-situ measurements of its properties, could be enormously valuable. However, the problem is ‘Oumuamua is moving extremely fast – above the escape velocity for our solar system – and so any probe that wants to catch up with it needs to go very very fast…

If you can’t wait to geek out on serious getting to the stars stuff,  their Second Foundation of Interstellar Studies workshop will be on 27th-30th June at Charfield, South Gloucestershire. Details here.

If you want to know more about i4is,  their website link is here.

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