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    Prospect of life in deep space as Nasa probe finds hundreds of new planets

    And guess what? 140 of the new planets found seem to have both land and water.

    Hundreds of new planets have been discovered by Nasa's new space probe, sparking new hope of life outside our solar system.
    Up to 140 of the newly-found planets are rocky and Earth-like containing both land and water, conditions which could allow simple lifeforms to develop.
    The Kepler probe - which constantly monitors more than 150,000 stars for tell-tale signs of planets orbiting them - also may have found five new solar systems, Nasa said.
    And this is just a small survey of a very small piece of the sky.

    We are NOT alone in the Universe, but we might as well be. Even if there was an advanced civilization at Proxima Centauri, our closest star, the distance makes meaningful communication a meaningless concept. And what about the planet that have been found? They are hundreds, if not thousands of times this distance.

    We are NOT alone in the Universe, but we ARE, which is plenty reason to take care of what we have. We are not going anywhere anytime soon, so responsible stewardship of the Earth is absolutely essential to our well being and long term survival.

    Article is here.
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    Re: Prospect of life in deep space as Nasa probe finds hundreds of new planets

    Utterly fascinating stuff.
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    Re: Prospect of life in deep space as Nasa probe finds hundreds of new planets

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post

    We are NOT alone in the Universe, but we might as well be. Even if there was an advanced civilization at Proxima Centauri, our closest star, the distance makes meaningful communication a meaningless concept. And what about the planet that have been found? They are hundreds, if not thousands of times this distance.
    Assumptions are often wrong. We could communicate with a civilization at Proxima (actually more likely at Alpha Centauri A which is a G type main sequence rather than Proxima which is a red dwarf), with a turnaround time of eight years using radio comms. That's hardly impossible.

    As for whether we are alone... we have no knowlege of how common life is when the conditions are right; nor how common vertebrate life is vs invertebrate; or how often vertibrate life reaches sapience. There might be many worlds that can support life and yet lack sapient life.

    We are NOT alone in the Universe, but we ARE, which is plenty reason to take care of what we have. We are not going anywhere anytime soon, so responsible stewardship of the Earth is absolutely essential to our well being and long term survival.

    Article is here.

    Bolded sentence... that might be the baseline assumption but it is far from certain. Every year there are new theories in fundamental physics that threaten to bend or break our assumptions of what is or is not possible. Someone might be dotting the last "i" on a dissertation discovering the GUT (grand unification of forces theory] and turning the world upside down more than Einstein at this very moment.

    There are already theoretical methods of bypassing the relativistic limits; such as Alcubierre's "warp" drive. No we don't have a practical way to implement it.... yet....

    Sure; the smart money says no one here [not even Dav] will live to cross that vast gulf and set foot on an explanet... but if we accept that premise and shrug and forget about it we've created a self-fulfilling prophesy against it.

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    Re: Prospect of life in deep space as Nasa probe finds hundreds of new planets

    Under the article, various comments have been left and most of them are very depressing indeed. The brainwashing of people, especially the young, with this "Man is destroying the Earth"/etc BS is certainly leaving its mark, and it is an ugly one: a profound negativism about their own species.

    To be honest, space is the limit, imo. Space exploration is far too risky and expensive for human beings, why don't we just look after the planet we have rather than fantasize about colonising other planets, which we'd inevitably ruin.

    Space exploration isn't really just about science. It often feels as if it's another platform of greed. Being used to showcase power, as a competition (Cold War), a way to gain military dominance and now fill out the sci-fi fantasy of occupying another planet that isn't ours to take.

    - Effy G/Aged 17, West Midlands, England, 25/7/2010 14:54




    Please tell me most young people don't think like that...

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    Re: Prospect of life in deep space as Nasa probe finds hundreds of new planets

    The planet-hunting telescope, launched in April 2009, has so far confirmed only five alien planets beyond the solar system, mission scientists told SPACE.com.

    The erroneous reports of new planets were generated in response to a recent videotaped speech Kepler co-investigator Dimitar Sasselov gave at a TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) conference in July.
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    Re: Prospect of life in deep space as Nasa probe finds hundreds of new planets

    I wonder how the Christians are gonna explain life on other worlds?

    Surely god would have mentioned it in the bible........

    (oh wait it was written by a bunch of dudes in the desert 2000 years ago)

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    Re: Prospect of life in deep space as Nasa probe finds hundreds of new planets

    Geesh I want to be Hans Solo so bad.
    Hurry up and make me a Millennium Falcon.
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    Re: Prospect of life in deep space as Nasa probe finds hundreds of new planets

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    I wonder how the Christians are gonna explain life on other worlds?

    Surely god would have mentioned it in the bible........

    (oh wait it was written by a bunch of dudes in the desert 2000 years ago)


    Irrelevant flame baiting, so bite me.

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    Re: Prospect of life in deep space as Nasa probe finds hundreds of new planets

    They don't believe in earth-like planets, but they believe Muhammad traveled up into the sky. Well, where did Muhammad go up there? It had to some place, didn't it? Couldn't have been a star, too damn hot. Couldn't have been an asteroid or comet, no way to breathe. Couldn't have been a moon..... Wait, a large moon might work, but it would have to be orbiting around a planet. If there is no planet, then there is no moon. So, tell me, where the hell is Muhammad?
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    Re: Prospect of life in deep space as Nasa probe finds hundreds of new planets

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    They don't believe in earth-like planets, but they believe in Muhammad. LOL.
    Doesn't fit their ideology I guess...

    But this is awesome news. Stuff like this is always interesting.

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