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NASA’s Kepler Mission Confirms Its First Planet in Habitable Zone of Sun-like Star

December 6th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

I’m probably geeking out more than I should, but some of you may have no idea how important a discovery this is.

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/kepler/news/kepscicon-briefing.html

I just read this article a few moments ago and I’m still in shock. For those of you who watch Star Trek, there is a possibility that this is another “M” class planet that is only six hundred light years away. (A “Minshara” class planet was the term Vulcans used to describe planets with similar habitable conditions to Earth)

That’s no moon…

I may not live to see what may be on this planet or if it can support life, but it gives me hope that we as humans will reach out someday and take to the stars. Who knows what kind of wonders await on such a planet?

I know, I know. Statistics already pointed to the existence of other planets like ours. It makes little sense that there is only one planet like Earth in this entire universe. Scientifically proving that such a planet may exist however…for once I don’t know what to say, except I hope that whoever ends up going there doesn’t wear a red shirt.

Here’s to “boldly going where no one has gone before.”

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