American experts want to know how interstellar space travel affects microscopic animals such as “water bears”, known for their ability to survive in extreme conditions including in outer space, and which are called the most powerful creatures on Earth, and in a new research paper, they propose to build Small spacecraft containing water bears, which can travel at up to 30% of the speed of light into space.
And according to the British newspaper, “Daily Mail”, these sensors will be propelled by laser light instead of rocket fuel, from a laser array stationed on the Earth, or perhaps from the moon, and researchers admit that the entire launch process will consume a tenth of the entire American electrical grid.
At speeds of nearly 100 million miles per hour, the microscopic animals will reach the next solar system called Proxima Centauri in about 20 years.
The process is also detailed by researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in a research paper published in the journal Acta Astronautica.
“This has never been done before to propel microscopic objects at speeds approaching the speed of light,” said Professor Philip Lubin of the University of California, Santa Barbara.
“It probably looks like a semiconductor wafer with an edge to protect it from radioactive bombardment and dust as it passes through the interstellar medium,” Lubin added.
These compounds will also be closely monitored for any detectable effects of interstellar travel on the creatures’ biology, with observations relayed back to Earth by light waves.
It is worth noting that the water bear was first discovered by German zoologist Johann August Ephraim Guise in 1773, who gave it the nickname “water bear” because of its chubby and somewhat adorable appearance, and it has been proven that it is almost impossible to kill the creatures even when they are frozen Or boil it, crush it, or break it with radiation.
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