Some of us will count ourselves lucky to see the science results from this one:
Voyage to the Stars: NASA Study Mulls Options
To send a spacecraft where none has gone before is a dream assignment for any space scientist and engineer.
The idea of dispatching a dedicated robotic probe on an interstellar trek has been seriously advocated for nearly 30 years. A recently finished appraisal of how to build such a craft shows that it is within reach -- but nonetheless remains a challenging task.
A NASA-sponsored study team has blueprinted an Innovative Interstellar Explorer (IIE).
Goal of the IIE would be to plunge outward some 200 Astronomical Units. An astronomical unit (AU) is the mean distance between the center of the Earth and the center of the Sun - approximately 93 million miles (150 million kilometers).
If launched in 2014, the probe would arrive at the 200 AU distance in about 2044.