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We believe a sister Earth could exist not too far from the place we call home, and that our generation has a unique opportunity to discover it. Ten years ago, we didn’t know if planets like Earth were common in the universe. Then NASA’s Kepler mission launched and discovered thousands of rocky planets orbiting stars, some of which are at a distance from their parent star where liquid water could exist on the surface. It’s estimated that there are more Earth-like planets in the universe than people alive today. Taking a picture of one of these rocky worlds orbiting another star is our next big challenge.
Thanks to recent breakthroughs, the technology now exists to capture a direct image of an Earth-like planet outside our Solar System. That's what we aim to do.
Project Blue is a new science initiative to capture the first photograph of a potential Earth-like planet orbiting another Sun-like star. The mission aims to launch a lightweight space telescope to directly image exoplanets around Earth’s nearest star system, Alpha Centauri. With a budget the fraction of the cost of a mid-size astrophysics mission, and a planned launch by early next decade, this venture represents an ambitious leap forward in low-cost, high-impact space exploration. Through active collaboration between research institutions, universities, private industry and citizens, Project Blue seeks to make space exploration a participatory, collective endeavor and inspire millions worldwide to engage in scientific inquiry.
Project Blue is led by a consortium of leading space, science, and research institutions dedicated to accelerating the search for potentially habitable worlds in our galaxy. The consortium was founded by BoldlyGo Institute, Mission Centaur, the SETI Institute, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell and will be steered by a Science & Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) composed of experts immersed in the excitement and challenge of taking a picture of an Earth-like planet in another star system.
April 11th, 2018 // A recent publication by Science on the search for Earthlike worlds around Alpha Centauri that covers Project Blue. Read the story here: What is Alpha Centauri hiding? Searches for Earth-like planets ramp up around our nearest stellar neighbor.
April 9th, 2018 // We are on the cover of this month's BBC Focus Magazine. Check out the story: Seeing Blue - the hunt for Earth's sister.
November 6th, 2017 // We ended a 60 day campaign on IndieGoGo on a real high note, with lots of donations coming in from all around the world. With over 500 backers, we’ve raised more than $150,000, enough to kick off our mission design effort. Thank you from the heart for your support!
October 12th, 2017 // A generous donor has pledged to match dollar-for-dollar until we meet our our $175,000 goal on IndieGoGo! This means that every dollar a backer contributes now equals $2 toward the final $80,000.
September 6th, 2017 // Project Blue is Live on Indiegogo! Join the search for another Earth by helping fund the mission Phase A.
August, 2017 // The Team is Growing! Project Blue Welcomes Dr. Maggie Turnbull and Dr. Eduardo Bendek to its Team.
August, 2017 // Harris Corporation completes a Pre-Phase Studies of the Project Blue observatory.
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