Scientists plan next 22-year mission to ‘alien probe’ object Oumuamua to solve its mysteries

OUMUAMUA, the first interstellar object discovered in our Solar System, leaves us with more questions than it answers.

Scientists are proposing a 22-year mission to the red cigar-shaped object, known by some as an ‘alien probe’ when it was first discovered.

Strange object thought to come from outside our Solar System


Strange object thought to come from outside our Solar SystemCredit: Reuters

Oumuamua was first discovered in 2017 and led researchers to wonder how such a strange interstellar object made its way into our inner Solar System.

It moves too fast to be an asteroid and doesn’t have the debris trails of normal comets.

Theories as to what it might be from a piece of an alien planet to an alien spacecraft.

This object is still in our Solar System but is now out of reach of all our telescopes.

A new study outlines a mission called Project Lyrawill send a probe to Oumuamua and solve some of its mysteries.

“Resolving the question of the nature of the interstellar object 1I/’Oumuamua required in situ observations via spacecraft, as the object was already outside the range of telescopes,” the researchers wrote. existing astronomy.”

They propose a mission to launch in February 2028 and reach Oumuamua somewhere between 2050 and 2054.

The mission will require a special maneuver around Jupiter so that the spacecraft’s engines can accelerate its acceleration into deep space.

Other similar missions have been proposed in the past, but they do not include this approach to Jupiter.

The researchers emphasize the importance of learning more about Oumuamua in their paper.

They said: “Theories to explain the nature of 1I/’Oumuamua include fractal dust assemblages, hydrogen icebergs, nitrogen ice sheets, alien solar sails, debris from a damaged planet. interruption, etc.

“All the explanations have one thing in common – they’re extraordinary.”

Oumuamua theory

Last year, a various studies suggests that Oumuamua may be a hydrogen iceberg emerging from a deep-space gas cloud.

Earlier, a pair of Harvard scientists assumed the long, thin object was a spacecraft, sparking a frenzy of scans by astronomers as it passed by.

Experts found no signs of alien signals, and eventually concluded that the space visitor could be a new type of comet or asteroid.

In March 2021, another study suggested that Oumuamua was a fragment of an exoplanet similar to Pluto.

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