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Astronomer compiles list of 'other Earths'

Posted on Tuesday, 21 February, 2006 | Comment icon 6 comments

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"An astronomer involved in a NASA mission to look for Earthlike planets beyond our solar system has winnowed through thousands of stars to come up with a top-10 list that includes some of the favorite haunts for science-fiction aliens."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Since804 on 21 February, 2006, 15:31
I've thought about it and say we do find a world hundreds of light years away that could possibly harbor life....then what? We cant get there. So imo scientists must have some kind of technology being developed to get there otherwise it would seem like an awful waste of money doing all the research. Scientist: "We declare that Planet IJ-673 is habitable, and may harbor life! " Reporter: "Oooooookkkkkk, now what? " Scientist: ".....................well. ahem....umm, Yay, i guess. " Listening for signals is fine but its like me worrying about who lives in Northern Siberia....if i'm never going t... [More]
Comment icon #2 Posted by Rykster on 21 February, 2006, 15:33
^^^ I feel sorry for you. Yes, getting there would be wonderful, but just knowing, once and for all would be the single most amazing fact that we ever discovered.
Comment icon #3 Posted by TK0001 on 21 February, 2006, 16:38
^^^ I feel sorry for you. Yes, getting there would be wonderful, but just knowing, once and for all would be the single most amazing fact that we ever discovered. Agreed. Also, we could point all of our listening dishes to that area, rather than randomly searching across the cosmos. And we could blast off a signal to that area and see if anything ever comes back. If it does, we could actually establish communication with beings from another planet. Just because we may never meet them face-to-whatever doesn't mean we couldn't establish an accord with them.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Since804 on 21 February, 2006, 16:42
personally, it would hurt more knowin for sure that other life is out there but i cant get to it, thats why my view is the way it is
Comment icon #5 Posted by PadawanOsswe on 21 February, 2006, 18:22
lets name the first habitable planet we find "Reach"
Comment icon #6 Posted by ROGER on 21 February, 2006, 19:03
Finding an Earth like planet would not necessarily prove Intelligent Life is out there. And if by some chance we were to pick up a radio signal some one would say its a message from the devil. I see in the news that NASA is retiring the Shuttle Atlantis now and going to use it for spare parts. In order to get the U.S. back to the MOON and then MARS , lots of programs will have to be cut. Such is life!

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