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Why Humanity Needs to Travel to Other Stars

by Clara Moskowitz, SPACE.com Assistant Managing Editor
Date: 15 September 2012 Time: 07:01 AM ET

HOUSTON — Launching a mission to another star could teach us not just about space, but about Earth as well, experts argued here today at the 100 Year Starship Symposium.

“I believe space exploration is a human imperative,” said Mae Jemison, the first female African American astronaut. “It didn’t begin in 1957 with Sputnik, it’s been a part of us” all along.

Jemison is heading the 100 Year Starship initiative, which aims to mount a mission to another star within 100 years. Toward that end, scientists and thinkers from a variety of disciplines gathered for a public symposium here from Sept. 13 to 16 to discuss the motivations, challenges and possible solutions for pursuing interstellar spaceflight.

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