Proxima Centauri is 4.3 light years way: too far to travel. Why don’t we just use Mercury (which has an 88 day year) as a staging ground, and launch from there?

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Mercury’s year is only 88 days, so if we launch a rocket from there, we only have to travel for just over 1 light year, saving time and fuel.

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