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NASA Finds Earth's "Bigger and Older" Cousin

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    NASA announced today that they have found a planet eerily similar to Earth that is within the "Goldilocks zone" of the star it revolves around. This is not the first time NASA has found a planet that may be able to sustain life other than Earth, but it is the first time that they found one that could have the potential to sustain human life. The exciting thing is that I have a feeling this is far from the last time we will find a planet that has the potential for humans to live on.

    There's just one problem--the planet, otherwise known as Kepler-452b, is kind of far away. Kepler-452b is 1,400 light years, or 8,230,075,522,457,050.823193 miles, away from Earth. So if we can find a spaceship that will take us 8 Quadrillion miles away then we could theoretically step off the ship and walk around without a space suit to protect us from the elements.

    These are the kind of things that get me really excited. I've always believed that we are not alone in this universe and I hope that we will eventually find proof that we are yet one of millions, if not billions, of rocks that are teeming with life.

  • Independent
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    jaredsxtn Wrote:

    NASA announced today that they have found a planet eerily similar to Earth that is within the "Goldilocks zone" of the star it revolves around. This is not the first time NASA has found a planet that may be able to sustain life other than Earth, but it is the first time that they found one that could have the potential to sustain human life. The exciting thing is that I have a feeling this is far from the last time we will find a planet that has the potential for humans to live on.

    There's just one problem--the planet, otherwise known as Kepler-452b, is kind of far away. Kepler-452b is 1,400 light years, or 8,230,075,522,457,050.823193 miles, away from Earth. So if we can find a spaceship that will take us 8 Quadrillion miles away then we could theoretically step off the ship and walk around without a space suit to protect us from the elements.

    These are the kind of things that get me really excited. I've always believed that we are not alone in this universe and I hope that we will eventually find proof that we are yet one of millions, if not billions, of rocks that are teeming with life.

    Jared, Wow; may be I'm thinking ahead; staying in a spaceship for 10 years and then land; by that time I think you forgot why you got on it! But it gives another place which we can polute and fight wars. May be as well invent another religion to suit that planet; anyway Trump can may be afford a ticket. We as poor Democrats are stuck here.
  • Independent
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    Anyway nice to know, but what then? Sorry I think "similar planet" does not mean it has plants which produce oxygen; it also can mean bacteria etc. don't have an "enemy" so unbridled expansion will kill everything in no time. I think we are not ready to transplant ourselves to any planet. Let alone keeping this planet in "good" shape. I think the "universe" will do everything possible to prevent us from expanding; earth and its living things is unique and self sustained until humans ruin it and the species will become extinct; however the universe will continue as always.
  • Liberal
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    Dutch Wrote: Anyway nice to know, but what then? Sorry I think "similar planet" does not mean it has plants which produce oxygen; it also can mean bacteria etc. don't have an "enemy" so unbridled expansion will kill everything in no time. I think we are not ready to transplant ourselves to any planet. Let alone keeping this planet in "good" shape. I think the "universe" will do everything possible to prevent us from expanding; earth and its living things is unique and self sustained until humans ruin it and the species will become extinct; however the universe will continue as always.
    You do know what this means????? We may have just found planet Cabal. We may just find the mormon God down there alone with his bestfriend (volley ball) WILSON
  • Center Left
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    Dutch, the topic was a planet that might be similar to earth and you injected Religion, war, and politics. Why not add your opposition on your profile page. That would save you some typing. Just teasing....

    The planet......... If it were much much much closer this might be more interesting. We don't know if this new place has oxygen or water....... kind of important. We don't know who their Internet service provider is or if they have cable of satellite. Do they have beer, wine, or pasta ? Too many questions and so little time.

  • Independent
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    TJ Wrote:

    Dutch, the topic was a planet that might be similar to earth and you injected Religion, war, and politics. Why not add your opposition on your profile page. That would save you some typing. Just teasing....

    The planet......... If it were much much much closer this might be more interesting. We don't know if this new place has oxygen or water....... kind of important. We don't know who their Internet service provider is or if they have cable of satellite. Do they have beer, wine, or pasta ? Too many questions and so little time.

    Tony, knowing the USA by now; I think I had the right questions; anywhere we go someone wants to be the "leader" or a power block so not too strange questions. When South America was discovered, guess who sent "priest" down to convert the Maya's and killed them if they did n't.?? We as the US think everything belongs to us; we already planted a US flag on the moon; is the moon ours? I doubt it. So to my feelings I had the right questions.