posted on Sep, 14 2011 @ 06:52 PM
Nasa should send a probe right away. The probe should be equiped with a nuclear propulsion system which will let the probe accelerate to 50 percent
the speed of light fairly quickly.
Assuming the probe can be accelerated to that speed within a year, and deccelerate in the same duration, it will take 36 / 0.5 + 2 = almost 75 years
to reach that system.
Given that the system is 36 light years away, we can have the first signals from the probe in 111 years. Not bad, in my opiinon. I think we ought to
try, because 111 years is not that much: in a few generations, we would have the first images from an Earth-like planet in another solar system.