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The Pentagon's think tank has selected the group that will manage its "100 Year Starship" project to explore what it would take for a multigenerational mission beyond the solar system, and sources say the leader will be Mae Jemison, who became the first black woman in space in 1992.
DARPA has not yet publicly announced the selection, and my efforts to contact the agency's representatives have been unsuccessful so far. But after the BBC's story, the report was confirmed on the Centauri Dreams blog by Paul Gilster, who is affiliated with the Tau Zero Foundation. Gilster said Jemison's organization "now takes on the challenge of building a program that can last 100 years, and might one day result in a starship."
The BBC identified the ex-astronaut as Jemison, based on the text of an unreleased letter from DARPA. It also reported that Jemison's foundation was teaming up with two other groups, Icarus Interstellar and the Foundation for Enterprise Development.
Originally posted by Biigs
These are the stories that give me real faith in human life vs. the universe.
If theres any spare seats, one for my kid please
Originally posted by randomname
i doubt it will happen. are you supposed to fly out into space and spend decades floating around a cramped cabin for 50 years, raise children and teach them how to get back to earth.
it's sounds like a form of torture instead of space exploration.