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Newly discovered planet may host human life soon?

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1. Posted by Gerrit_BE (Full Member 83 posts) 9y

Space researchers have made a unique discovery using a telescope in the Chilean Andes. The scientists discovered a new exoplanet (= a planet turning around a different star than the Sun) which meets all criteria to host human life, and which shows a unique comparison to Earth.

Exoplanets are usually very hard to see, and only the biggest ones get discovered usually. Just over 200 exoplanets have been discovered so far, but this is the first one showing such a comparison to our own planet. The planet turns around a star much smaller and colder than the Sun, but the planet itself is about 1.5x as big as Earth. The planet also has its own moon. The planet has a temperature of 0-40 degrees Celsius, and is made of similar material and landmass as Earth. Most important (as it is essential to have a chance to host forms of life) it is perfectly capable of having oceans and lakes. The planet is approx 20 light years away from our planet and thus within 'reasonable' reach.

The new planet is already called a revolutionary discovery by space specialists. Not only do they expect NASA to do extensive research on the planet to see if it is realistic to host human life on the planet in the future, and not only it will stir up debates about forms of life (intelligent or non-intelligent) in space, the planet is probably just a top of a big iceberg. One of the scientists interviewed stated that there are a countless number of stars in space and that it is unthinkable that there aren't at least hundreds of planets. This means that very likely we will soon discover more planets that may be capable of hosting human settlers.

Without a doubt this new planet will become a key focus point of further NASA research now. To be continued...

Will we soon have the first settlements in space, or maybe actual holiday destinations in space??

Must say, despite being passionate about travelling and despite liking exploration more than anything else, I am not keen on going into space. I have so many travel desires left to fulfill on earth, and I doubt if a completely bare planet can have the same beauty as the cities and sceneries on Earth. Maybe in a far future but for now I'd say space travelling would include a huge risk (safety... rockets are still not fully without failures), plus it'd be a very long travel for probably something not very impressive due to the complete lack of culture.

It would be interesting to see an actual human emigration to another planet though, although what I fear for is that --as the planet would have a society of 100% expats from different cultural backgrounds-- the planet's society would rapidly face the same problems as we have on earth. Of course, it could just as well be a utopic place of peaceful coexistance if it would work out...

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting Gerrit_BE

The planet is approx 20 light years away from our planet and thus within 'reasonable' reach.

its indeed interesting. but as for the technology at the moment. it would take 800.000 years to reach that planet (with current space travel)....

3. Posted by Fun Bobby (Budding Member 115 posts) 9y

Probably a bit pricey then, I"ll just wait for Stavros to start Easyspace!

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 26, 2007, at 9:05 AM by Fun Bobby ]

4. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Quoting Gerrit_BE

The scientists discovered a new exoplanet which meets all criteria to host human life,

They brew their own beer???

5. Posted by AndyB24 (Respected Member 167 posts) 9y

hehe, well whether or not they brew their own beer, it would be pointless without some sort of late night bacteria laden food to eat on the way home. ;)

Would be great fun exploring a new planet with different plants/animals etc than we have ever seen before.

Not sure about the travel time though, I get bored after an hour, unless apple bring out a 1 billion gig ipod sometime soon :)

6. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 9y

Really interesting news! I just don't see it happening, not even in 300 years or more.

7. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting Brendan

Really interesting news! I just don't see it happening, not even in 300 years or more.

brendan don't be weird. it will never happen....maybe in 20.000 years but even then it will take 50 years to reach it. i am not optimistic about this new planet.

8. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 9y

haha well your 20,000 years is as plausible as my 300+

I agree though, it's not going to happen. We must focus our attention and resources on making our one and only planet [Earth] a livable place.

I do find you post Gerrit_BE interesting in that you say you would rather explore more of the earth first. Me, I would love to explore another planet. I would spend 50 years getting there too. I would name a continent after my favourite legume.. "Lentil Land". It would be there that I would make 600,000 million tonnes of lentils and ship them to Earth as a gesture of good will and peace between our two worlds.

I still stand by my original statement though.

9. Posted by Mr Gee (Budding Member 91 posts) 9y

At the risk of sounding a bit bleak, as a race we should make space travel a priority, we've pretty much ruined this planet beyond repair, and all the ads about global warming in the world can't really help us now, it seems that the majority of people won't change the way they live until they're affected personally by global warming. so, i have to agree with the words of Bill Hick on this one 'we need to take all the funding from wars, conflict and arms dealing and spend it feeding and clothing every person on the planet, and travel space together!' well..... he said something along those lines anyway

10. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 9y

I disagree Mr Gee,

This world isn't lost beyond repair... I think we give ourselves a 'little' too much credit. Life will continue on this planet, humans as a race are going to survive "global warming"... hundreds of millions may die... but the race will continue. (unless it's an asteroid or the sun goes nova ).

I think the major threat is mass extinction of other species (which could happen as a result of global warming)... as the food chain breaks down we enter a more perilous situation. With no bees to pollinate, with no fish in the oceans, ecosystems begin to collapse. Then we end up like our distant cousins, the dinosours.

I don't think spreading the human condition to other planets is a nice thing to do; for one I'm sure the new planet won't want us, and second only the rich of the world would be able to afford to go a new planet. The other 6,000,000,000 (six billion) would be .... wait a minute... this could actually be a good thing... Let's send the rich and powerful of the world to a new planet. This one is "doomed" anyway.

We send government officials, CEO's, millionaires and billionaires, warlords, cheiftens, mayors, princepals, forums administrators to this new planet where they can forge a new existence! Then we can all take a deep breath and live in peace. I support this idea.