That’s why she said was already older.
Any thoughts on seeding this planet with plant life to see if it will grow and survive? Perhaps a crash-landing payload of plants/seeds could be sent to the planet a year before the pictures will be taken in order to get evidence of whether or not it can sustain life. The planet may be able to harbor life, even if…
what will be the resolution of these photos? and what light spectrums will be taken? I’m wondering what the images will be capable of telling us about the planet.
Do the observed orbital parameters of Proxima b suggest anything about its orbital evolution (and thus suggest whether an atmosphere is more or less likely)? Is there any evidence to suggest there may be additional planets in the system, which could also tell us something about the evolution of the system?
What effect would liquid water (in say an ocean) have on a tidally locked planet?
Arthur C Clarke is by far my favorite writer, but I remember reading Sunjammer (The Wind from the Sun) and thinking how far fetched and not credible the sailing idea was, and how he dropped the ball on that one.
Considering the relative uniform age of the universe, how likely is it that any alien civilizations would be more advanced than our own?
Would humans travelling at 20% the speed of light on a hypothetical space ship encounter time distillation (Time “slowing down” for them as opposed to us here on Earth) or would that only occur at higher speeds. If time distillation DOES occur at that speed what effect would it have on the probes and our ability to…
Is this discovery one that you will point people who deny the value of space focused research to? Do you think this could spur on further funding and interest in space exploration?
Even if we send a gram scale chip with a 1 meter square “sail,” isn’t the likeliness of it hitting space debris high? Especially if it is going 20% the speed of light and we can’t actively pilot it?
If Earth becomes increasingly inhabitable as a result of our own self-destruction, would the following plan be viable?
what happens if , when we have a visual confirmation , discover an undeveloped civilization ?-
Do we not have any way to observe the planet using high powered telescopes? It sure would be nice to have the vaguest of ideas of what we’re sending a multi billion dollar space craft too!
I understand the launch of your initiative is presently privately funded by one or two wealthy individuals, when will you begin requesting private donations from smaller individual donors and when will you request government/taxpayer funds?
Based on it’s position will Proxima B share a similar gravitational pull to that of our home planet?
Proxima b is located in a trinary star system. How would the heat from the other two Alpha stars affect the goldilocks zone and the planet in general?
We always hear about search for biomarkers, but they usually assume they’re markers to life as we know it. There is absolutely no guarantee life in another planet would had any remote resemblance to ours, so this planet’s biomarkers could be radically different.
Professor I realize that your time is worth far better questions than I’m able to formulate, and I look forward to reading some of your papers. I would really like to know how far you’ve traveled in Kerbal Space Program.
How much information could be gained on this planet by our current ground and space based telescopes?
Hello, Doctor. Will we ever have the capability to take photos (more than just blips) of exoplanets from solar system- based satellites?