Anyone who wishes to explore the immensity of space hopes to visit planets located millions of miles away; however, that may become a reality in the near future.

Despite the considerable magnitude of the Earth, its dimensions pale in comparison to the vastness of our solar system. Furthermore, while we’re on the subject, the magnitude of our universe or our galaxy.

Indeed, the size of an individual pales in comparison to the enormousness of… well, the entirety of existence.

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However, humanity continues to harbor aspirations of venturing beyond Earth and investigating other celestial bodies. Planets located in the solar system or in galaxies that are incredibly distant.

But distance remains the greatest obstacle we seem to be unable to surmount due to the immensity of space.

Despite this, some of the brightest minds in science have managed to locate and analyze exoplanets, which resemble Earth, in addition to the stars around which they orbit.

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British space scientist Dame Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock disclosed in an interview with UNILAD that present-day efforts are being devoted to the development of practical means to achieve travel to these remote celestial bodies.

She elaborated that a United States-based initiative, Breakthrough Starshot, is presently striving to reduce the distance by which we must transmit objects that are substantial in magnitude.

We are not merely referring to a few hundred lightyears; rather, distances that would ordinarily require nearly 75,000 years to traverse have been reduced to 20 to 30 years.

Nevertheless, it is premature to strategize about interstellar travel, as their current concepts are merely capable of propelling tiny objects such as probes.

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Dr. Aderin-Pocock stated, “If we could [travel using the Starshot method], the 40 trillion-kilometer journey from our solar system to the neighboring solar system would take approximately 76,000 years, which is a considerable amount of time.”

“However, if we could implement this solar cell technology, we could do it within twenty to thirty years.”

Although we are not yet prepared to establish bases on every planet, this development represents a significant milestone that augurs positively for the future.

Thus, it is possible that your offspring, grandchildren, or even great-grandchildren will be the first to set foot on an undiscovered planet. Truly exciting material.

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“This could potentially enable the deployment of the probe; it could be capable of capturing images and transmitting them back to Earth,” Dr. Aderin-Pocock elaborated.

“However, that would entail launching these probes into space to discover exoplanets and possibly begin to identify civilizations.”

“Many advancements are in the works that could enable us to travel considerably faster than that.” “People make reference to phenomena such as wormholes, in which space and time are actually warped.”

Miguel Alcubierre, a Mexican physicist, was lauded by Dr. Aderin-Pocock for his contemplation of a hypothetical form of travel that might enable us to surpass the speed of light.

The concept, which eventually was dubbed the Alcubierre drive, would enable a spacecraft to travel quicker than the speed of light by contracting and expanding space in front of and behind it.

A little more in the realm of science fiction, but Alcubierre insists that although the concept is speculative, it may be practical. Consequently, I have my fingers crossed.