Stephen Hawking in 2010.
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Renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking shared some words about the future of space travel at his friend's Passover seder last Friday, "Scientific American" reported.
The legendary scientist joined a fellow Harvard professor, Avi Loeb, at his seder where he discussed the promising outlook of the Breakthrough Initiative, which could afford astronauts the ability to get to the star Alpha Centauri in a period as short as 20 years.
Founded by Russian entrepreneur Yuri Milner, the Breakthrough Initiative strives to answer questions such as "Are we alone?" and "Are there habitable worlds in our galactic neighborhood?"
"Breakthrough Starshot will attempt, within a generation, to build a spacecraft that can reach twenty percent of the speed of light," Hawking said of his new project. "At that speed, my trip from London would have taken less than a quarter of a second. Though longer if you count customs at JFK," the physicist quipped.
Hawking summed up his exciting new enterprise by saying that after years of gazing towards the stars, for the first time there is a possibility of reaching them.
The scientist concluded his speech by entreating the guests to join him in celebrating Passover with a festive "Pesach Sameach."