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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.