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!


  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.

  2. Hi 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.

  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.