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We want NASA to create an interstellar craft to be sent to an Earth-like planet around a nearby star. This mission would first require the discovery of such a planet. Current and upcoming planet hunting missions should focus on Alpha Centauri and other nearby stars. The nearest planet should be selected for such a mission. It should be as close as possible and no further away than approximately 20 light years The recommended speed of the spacecraft would be around 20\% of the speed of light. Early stages of planning for the design should begin simultaneously with the hunt for a target planet, though the search and planning required for this mission could take a long time.


Recommendations:

1.

Target planet discovery
2.

Advanced propulsion system

a. Solar sails/Beam propulsion

b. Fusion rockets

c. Nuclear pulse propulsion

d. Bussard Ramjet fusion drive
3.

Advanced Artificial Intelligence
4.

Lander/rover/both
5.

Probe "slow-down" plan.

a. To slow the craft down upon arrival at the destination

b. This could remove years from the length of the probe's journey.
6.

Protocols for extraterrestrial contact


A Few Likely Candidate Stars:

Proxima Centauri - 4.2 ly

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Closest star. It is unfortunately a flare star.

Alpha Centauri 4.3 ly

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Two nearby stars. Alpha Centauri A is very similar to our Sun.

Barnard's Star 6.0 ly

Sirius 8.7 ly

Epsilon Eridani 10.8 ly

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High possibility of containing a planetary system like our own Solar System.

Tau Ceti 11.8 ly

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High possibility of containing a planetary system like our own Solar System.

Gliese 581 - 20.3 ly

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Contains a known planetary system
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Two candidate planets for life. (though further research is necessary)

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