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Star Chips
Star Chips

If we really want to explore other star systems, we may have to think small.

Even the closest star to us, Proxima Centauri, is very far away. Scientists would love to get a closer look at this star and its planets. But the fastest spaceship ever built would take nearly 75,000 years to get there. That’s just too long!

One team of scientists have come up with a plan that might get us there a little faster—send a swarm of very tiny probes. Why tiny?

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November/December 2017