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NASA spots scores of potentially livable worlds - Technology & science - Space - msnbc.com

WASHINGTON — An orbiting NASA telescope is finding whole new worlds of possibilities in the search for alien life, including more than 50 potential planets that appear to be in the habitable zone.

In just a year of peering out at a small slice of the galaxy, the Kepler telescope has spotted 1,235 possible planets outside our solar system. Amazingly, 54 of them are seemingly in the zone that could be hospitable to life — that is, not too hot or too cold, Kepler chief scientist William Borucki said.

Until now, only two planets outside our solar system were even thought to be in the "Goldilocks zone." And both those discoveries are highly disputed.

Fifty-four possibilities is "an enormous amount, an inconceivable amount," Borucki said. "It's amazing to see this huge number because up to now, we've had zero."

The more than 1,200 newfound bodies are not confirmed as planets yet, but Borucki estimates 80 percent of them will eventually be verified. At least one other astronomer believes Kepler could be 90 percent accurate.

After that, it's another big step in proving that a confirmed planet has some of the basic conditions needed to support life, such as the proper size, composition, temperature and distance from its star. More advanced aspects of habitability such as specific atmospheric conditions and the presence of water and carbon require telescopes that aren't built yet.

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How do you get to these "54" planets though?
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Cryogenically frozen, wake up when you get there, and reproduce like crazy.

That is, if there is not already an entire planet full of 6' red heads that have never seen a man before...

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Cryogenically frozen, wake up when you get there, and reproduce like crazy.

That is, if there is not already an entire planet full of 6' red heads that have never seen a man before...
In which case they won't be needing anyone to help them reproduce..

There's nothing to discuss, the Universe is so fricken huge that there's just no chance in hell we're the only life forms.

But, interplanetary visitations are probably a long ways away.

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What's even crazier is that those planets that are deemed "inhospitable" might now get a second look:

NASA Unveils Arsenic Life Form | Wired Science | Wired.com

That could have HUGE implications in finding life outside our planet.

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My question is, why does it even matter what else is out there? What a waste of money the whole space program is. Who cares?!
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Not gonna happen in our life time fellas. Our kids, kids, kids might get to go check out a planet full of 6' redheads.

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My question is, why does it even matter what else is out there? What a waste of money the whole space program is. Who cares?!
Its never a waste of money to explore ones area... Be it your city, state, country, world or outside of it.

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Its never a waste of money to explore ones area... Be it your city, state, country, world or outside of it.
The only problem with that Joe, is learning more about the world around you.............. is the arch enemy of ignorance and prejudice.

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Not gonna happen in our life time fellas. Our kids, kids, kids might get to go check out a planet full of 6' redheads.
Oh come on now, im a 6' redhead

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