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    Post Nasa Finds Evidence of Over 1,200 MORE Planets and 54 of Them May Be Able to Support Life

    The chances of finding alien life were given a boost last night after Nasa revealed it had found evidence of more than 1,200 planets in orbit around far distant stars.
    If the findings are confirmed, it will more than triple the number of known planets outside our own solar system in one fell swoop - and, amazingly, 54 of them could be able to support life.
    Only two potentially habitable planets have previously been found outside earth's solar system, so Kepler chief scientist William Borucki said 54 is 'an enormous amount, an inconceivable amount'.

    The revelation came as American scientists announced the discovery of a new planetary system made up of at least six planets orbiting a star 2,000 light years away.
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    Great News I would say.

    This basically means that in the next few hundred years there could be human colonies on some of these worlds assuming any of them are habital by humans.

    And most likely there will be a few that are with in near term technology of transport such as Bernard Star.

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    This is interesting news. It means that probably life is common in the universe. however the chances of anyone actually visiting a planet orbiting another star and returning to tell the tale are rather remote. Even sending a satellite on a one way trip to one of the closest star systems would be a mammoth undertaking at least as expensive as the Apollo project.
    Close observation may result in feelings of horror, wonder and awe at world you find yourself inhabiting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Horned God View Post
    This is interesting news. It means that probably life is common in the universe. however the chances of anyone actually visiting a planet orbiting another star and returning to tell the tale are rather remote. Even sending a satellite on a one way trip to one of the closest star systems would be a mammoth undertaking at least as expensive as the Apollo project.
    And of course there is the issue of the limitations of speed (unless we discover how to travel at the speed of light, of course ).

    The Voyager 1 spacecraft was launched in 1977, and is now roughly 17 billion km (~11 billion miles) away from Earth (the farthest man-made object from Earth). It is travelling at 61,452 km/h (38,185 mph).

    However, even if it were travelling towards the nearest star, Proxima Centauri, it would take 73,600 years to get there. Who knows what the Earth will be like in that amount of time...

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    Whenever they find hospitable planets- we better be in line to get a planet of our own. I guess the first one we find will be considered an "international" planet.

    You know if China or Japan ever gets a planet of their own they will only send their own people to colonize it.

    If the EU or United States ever gets a planet of their own you know our governments are going to be "politically correct" and send all religions and ethnic groups to colonize it.

    And of course there is the issue of the limitations of speed
    Nah, just like how computers get faster and faster- so do rockets.
    Here is an example....
    "The engine VF-200 could reduce the duration of flight from Earth to e.g. Jupiter or Saturn from six years to fourteen months."
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plasma_propulsion
    In no time we'll be going fractions of the speed of light.
    (we invented the airplane on 17 December 1903 and went to the moon in July 21, 1969- only 66 years!- imagine what we'll be able to do in 10,000)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Svea View Post
    Instead of looking for intelligent life in space, maybe they should look for intelligent life amongst their politicians.
    We already know there's nothing to find!

    Quote Originally Posted by Wynterwade View Post
    In no time we'll be going fractions of the speed of light.
    Technically, we are already able to travel at a fraction of the Speed of Light... just a really small faction!
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Horned God View Post
    the chances of anyone actually visiting a planet orbiting another star and returning to tell the tale are rather remote
    Well, with the current technology it's utterly impossible. We will have to settle with just knowing they're out there, which is enough for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Horned God View Post
    This is interesting news. It means that probably life is common in the universe. however the chances of anyone actually visiting a planet orbiting another star and returning to tell the tale are rather remote. Even sending a satellite on a one way trip to one of the closest star systems would be a mammoth undertaking at least as expensive as the Apollo project.
    If the Star is within only a few Light Years then the journey is doable, with mechanical Probs.

    In the 1970's there was a feasibility study done for sending a unmanned probe to Barnard's Star, only 5.9 light years away. It was determined that this could be done within a 50 year time frame.

    In the 5-12 light year distance. That is within traveling distance for humans with advanced Nuclear powered Rocket systems.

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    Remember that speed is constant in travel through the space-time continuum. This means that as your speed approaches the speed of light the perceived time it will take you to reach a far away planet will decrease. Thus colonizing far away planets will be feasible, as will be going back home if you fail. But unless we solve the 'ageing thing' first there will not be anyone around for you to recognize.

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