Sunday, October 4, 2009

A Second Earth Discovery is Close, say NASA/Harvard Teams

According to The Daily Galaxy, more than 300 planets have been discovered outside of our solar system. Most of of these planets are "Jupiter-sized planets that would dwarf the Earth and are almost certainly lifeless", but a few weeks ago, astronomers discovered a rocky planet named CoRoT-7b. This planet has a density that's similar to earth's, and it's 500 light years away.

Finding a "second earth" would be even more exciting than the mars explorations of the last 30 plus years. As a kid, I remember the national excitement when the Viking 1 and Viking 2 landers beamed backed pictures of the desolate, rocky, red Martian surface.

A Viking 1 picture:



A Viking 2 picture:


And who can forget the journeys of the two Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. They operated much longer than NASA scientists had predicted, and they've given us some great photos - photos markedly different from the two Viking crafts of the mid to late '70s.

So there's a lot riding on finding a "second earth". NASA is on a roll! The explorations of Mars have been a smashing success. But I want a second earth because the Star Wars fanatic in me wants to see if there really is a Yoda, Boba Fett, Han Solo, and R2D2. Here's hoping baby!

3 comments:

  1. I agree that finding a second earth would be great. But I didn't find the Viking pics in the 1970s to be all that great. Just simply a lot of rocks on a Red Planet. There is so much more to explore on Mars. Now if one of t he rovers rolled up on one of the big, massive canyons that explorers have mapped, that would be hot. We'll see.

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  2. Hi Daisy...you don't believe those martian pictures from the Viking spacecrafts were hot? Really? Those pics were the sh#&! Hot!

    The rover pictures have better quality to them, and their pictures have more "wow" because they've been traveling the Martian terrain, unlike the Viking crafts.

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  3. Thanks again for your comments guys.

    Mars is going to be interesting going forward. It takes 9 months to get there from Earth. And even if human can make it to the Red Planet, how would they breathe. The air isn't breathable from what I understand. We'll see.

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