The hunt is officially on for the next planet that could support human life, just four light years away from Earth. The mission, dubbed as ‘Breakthrough Listen’, is funded by some of the world’s richest and brightest men. The amount? $100 million.
According to a report from the Daily Mail, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, renowned English physicist Stephen Hawking, and Yuri Milner, one of Russia’s richest men, are brewing something ‘out-of-this-world’ project.
Proxima b Mission
As previously reported by the Morning News USA, a new study suggests that scientists may have found a potentially habitable planet orbiting around the nearest star from our Sun—the Proxima Centauri.
The Earth-like planet, known as Proxima b, shares several qualities with Earth. Commonly referred to as the Earth 2.0, scientists believe that it may have just the right condition that could support life, and scientists here on Earth have gone ecstatic on exploring it.
But even before the research confirming the high likelihood of an Earth-like planet existing in the Centauri system even broke out, the trio had already seriously considered the project, Milner told the Daily Mail.
“It came only a few months after Stephen Hawking and I, with Mark Zuckerberg’s support, launched our Breakthrough Starshot project, which aims to launch a tiny spacecraft to Alpha Centauri within a generation,” Milner, whose net worth pegged at $2.9 billion according to Forbes, was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
During the earlier part of the project, Milner, who is Forbes’ 73rd Richest People in Tech, said the three of them weren’t sure that a planet like the Proxima b, actually exists. But it’s a different story now that a study had supported its possible existence, adding this “makes the mission feel more tangible.”
Hawking, as previously reported by MNU, has warned we should find aliens before they even find us. He added that if the aliens would call, it would be best if humans would avoid answering them.