The 100 Year Starship's Effort To Make Interstellar Travel Possible

The 100 Year Starship's Effort To Make Interstellar Travel Possible

Traveling to outer space isn't just a way for humans to show off their smarts. From the understanding of weather systems to the advent of the internet, the technology advancements and scientific discoveries that result from space travel benefit humanity as a whole. That's why The 100 Year Starship exists. This DARPA and NASA joint program seeks to make interstellar travel a reality within the next 100 years by supporting and promoting the people who can make it happen, with an emphasis on including the voices of women and minorities who may have been left out of such advancements in the past. The initiative is led by Dr. Mae C. Jemison, who has a trailblazing resume in her own right. She was the first African-American woman to be admitted into NASA's astronaut training program, the first African-American female astronaut, and, with the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour in 1992, the first African-American woman in space.

Mae Jemison: Starship

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from NOVA's Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers

Key Facts In This Video

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    The 100 Year Starship is an initiative to ensure that within the next 100 years, all the capabilities exist to send humans to another star system. (0:30)

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    It seeks to include the full wealth of human talent across ethnicity, gender, geography, and disciplines. (0:54)

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    All the capabilities that are needed for a successful journey to another star system by humans are the capabilities we need to sustain ourselves on Earth. (1:02)

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