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  1. #1 3 facts maybe you don't know about antimatter 
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    Hi!

    I would like to share with you guys some facts you might not know about antimatter:

    1 - Recent studies suggest that an antimatter spacecraft could achieve up to 70% the speed of light, reaching Proxima b in just about 6 years.

    2 - The maximum time that antimatter has been stored is 405 days.

    3 - According to the former Fermilab physicist Gerald Jackson, antimatter rockets could become a reality by 2050.

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    What are your thoughts about antimatter propulsion?


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    Quote Originally Posted by alfa015 View Post
    1 - Recent studies suggest that an antimatter spacecraft could achieve up to 70% the speed of light, reaching Proxima b in just about 6 years.
    "Recent" studies?

    2 - The maximum time that antimatter has been stored is 405 days.
    And?

    3 - According to the former Fermilab physicist Gerald Jackson, antimatter rockets could become a reality by 2050.
    Then he's talking out of his ar*e - antimatter production is so low and so expensive that there'd have to to be a vast increase in funding to get anywhere near enough material to "waste" in a propulsion system.
    Even his proposal is "planned" to use 17 grammes - that's 17 billion times the annual production at CERN, and, at current costs, is between $425 billion (positrons) and $1062.5 billion (anti-hydrogen): hardly feasible.


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    Quote Originally Posted by alfa015 View Post
    What are your thoughts about antimatter propulsion?
    Great idea! But we don't have any.
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