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NASA Telescope Confirms Alien Planet in Habitable Zone

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has confirmed the discovery of its first alien world in its host star's habitable zone — that just-right range of distances that could allow liquid water to exist — and found more than 1,000 new explanet candidates, researchers announced today (Dec. 5).

The new finds bring the Kepler space telescope's total haul to 2,326 potential planets in its first 16 months of operation.These discoveries, if confirmed, would quadruple the current tally of worlds known to exist beyond our solar system, which recently topped 700.

The potentially habitable alien world, a first for Kepler, orbits a star very much like our own sun. The discovery brings scientists one step closer to finding a planet like our own — one which could conceivably harbor life, scientists said.

http://news.yahoo.com/nasa-telescope-confirms-alien-planet-habitable-zone-162005358.html

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Interesting news. That means there are planets around other stars that could possibly support life. Unfortunately we can't get there to see for our selves. They are too far away.

ruveyn

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Unfortunately we can't get there to see for our selves. They are too far away.

We won't be able to even communicate with them: a question/answer cycle will take 1'200 years. Not even the tactics of continuous talking will help much.

It is hopeless: the Universe is much too big end sparse, and this is not improving ...

Sasha

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Let's get all Objectivists to move there and establish a real, free New World.

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Let's get all Objectivists to move there and establish a real, free New World.

The technological means for making such a voyage does not exist, and there is little indication that there ever will be such means. In addition there is no guarantee that the planet spotted by the Kepler interferometer is habitable. Just because a rocky planet with mass of the same order of magnitude exists within the habitable zone of its star does not guarantee that is has a suitable atmosphere or even water. So even if we could get there (we can't) is no assurance that -there- is a suitable place for humans.

ruveyn

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I guess teleportation would be the only way. But what if you keep your original direction and speed? You'd smack into the planet or through the atmosphere at 20km/s.

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I guess teleportation would be the only way. But what if you keep your original direction and speed? You'd smack into the planet or through the atmosphere at 20km/s.

Ain't no such thing as matter teleportation.

ruveyn

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I knew it! Dennis Kucinich had to have a home planet.

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