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The 100-Year Starship project that plans to transport humans beyond the solar system

Star Trek fans walk through the exhibition hall at the “Destination Star Trek London” convention in London on Oct. 19.

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A dramatic plan to transport humans beyond the solar system within 100 years today received the backing of former US President Bill Clinton.

The 100-Year Starship project, which was set up with US military seed funding, plans to develop huge “starships” to send humans far into space.

It has already received large amounts of funding, and Clinton has even stepped in to serve as the symposium’s Honorary Chair.

In a statement, he said, “This important effort helps advance the knowledge and technologies required to explore space, all while generating the necessary tools that enhance our quality of life on earth.”

The astronaut who became the first black woman in space in 1992 has been chosen to skipper the 100-Year Starship project. Mae Jemison will lead the project to explore what it would take for a multigenerational mission beyond the solar system.

“The 100-Year Starship will make the capability of human travel beyond our solar system to another star a reality over the next 100 years,” she said.

(Liberty Times)









1. dramatic adj.

引人注目的;戲劇性的 (yin3 ren2 zhu4 mu4 de5; xi4 ju4 xing4 de5)

例: The current situation is now undergoing a dramatic change.


2. symposium n.

研討會 (yan2 tao3 hui4)

例: I have attended a large number of symposiums.


3. skipper v.

擔任領隊;帶領 (dan1 ren4 ling3 dui4; dai4 ling3)

例: He skippered the team to victory.


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