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[NASA] NASA and NSF-Funded Research Finds First Potentially Habitable Exoplanet

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A team of planet hunters from the University of California (UC) Santa Cruz, and the Carnegie Institution of Washington has announced the discovery of a planet with three times the mass of Earth orbiting a nearby star at a distance that places it squarely in the middle of the star's "habitable zone."
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I wish I could find a relevant Carl Sagan quote...

EDIT:

Just realized the date on this article. It's almost a year old, and the search function didn't turn anything up.
Edited by Bluescreen_Of_Death - 7/16/11 at 7:50pm
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Apparently this article is from 2010.

Still exciting though.

Keep in mind the planet is tidally locked and its sun is a red dwarf. It would be a very different place from earth, probably with black vegetation that thrives along the terminator, a perpetually baked sun-ward side, and an ice covered night side. There would be a permanent cold wind blowing from the night side to the day side, which would rise in the center of the lit hemisphere, heating up enormously and rising to the top of the atmosphere, to blow back around to the dark side where it cools and falls.

Assuming that it has water and an atmosphere and life of course.
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Great another planet we can ravage. Be just like Red Faction.
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it doesnt matter if it has water and air, if it has hyrdogin in the atomosphere we can create water, as along as it has a form of carbon, we can create oxygen.

now, what really matters is what the effects a different planet would do on humans who have had 50,000+ years of adaptation on earth.

EXAMPLEs
how would we adapt to a different magnetic field
how would different polarisation effect us
how would a different, with 3.5 times the mass of earth, a stronger gravitational field do to us
what about different climate
if only half the planet is habitable, is it worth it? what if there are tatonic shifts?
what type of atomosphere does it have? does it have the similar effect ours does by the means it protects us from our sun?

these are the questions we need answers to before we start to plan for living on a new planet, as we can terraform if we need to, thats what MACHINES (imagine morphous from the matrix) are for.
   
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People can't even solve the issues they have on this planet.

Goodbye to all the people that want to go. One way trip hopefully.
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People can't even solve the issues they have on this planet.

Goodbye to all the people that want to go. One way trip hopefully.
It's comments like these that make me worry about the future of the human race.
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it doesnt matter if it has water and air, if it has hyrdogin in the atomosphere we can create water, as along as it has a form of carbon, we can create oxygen.
No we can't. Not really. And how do you get oxygen from carbon?

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now, what really matters is what the effects a different planet would do on humans who have had 50,000+ years of adaptation on earth.
Three million years, actually. 200,000 as Homo Sap. Sap.

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how would we adapt to a different magnetic field
Very easily, as demonstrated by experiment.

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how would different polarisation effect us
Not at all.

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how would a different, with 3.5 times the mass of earth, a stronger gravitational field do to us
Not known for sure, but it's been speculated that it would lead to humans adapting to be stronger, and potentially shorter.

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what about different climate
Your climate changes dramatically every year as the seasons turn. And you can be in Ecuador one day, and Antarctica the next, and live in both, with different tools.

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if only half the planet is habitable, is it worth it? what if there are tatonic shifts?
It's for the explorers to decide if it's worth it. And do you mean tectonic? The earth experiences constant tectonic activity. More tectonic activity would be good for Gliese 581 g because it would mean more CO2 in the atmosphere, so a stronger greenhouse effect.

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what type of atomosphere does it have? does it have the similar effect ours does by the means it protects us from our sun?
We have no idea yet.

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these are the questions we need answers to before we start to plan for living on a new planet, as we can terraform if we need to, thats what MACHINES (imagine morphous from the matrix) are for.
Of course. Just... Try to get the science right when you speculate.
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I wish I could find a relevant Carl Sagan quote...

EDIT:

Just realized the date on this article. It's almost a year old, and the search function didn't turn anything up.
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it doesnt matter if it has water and air, if it has hyrdogin in the atomosphere we can create water, as along as it has a form of carbon, we can create oxygen.

now, what really matters is what the effects a different planet would do on humans who have had 50,000+ years of adaptation on earth.

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how would we adapt to a different magnetic field
how would different polarisation effect us
how would a different, with 3.5 times the mass of earth, a stronger gravitational field do to us
what about different climate
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what type of atomosphere does it have? does it have the similar effect ours does by the means it protects us from our sun?

these are the questions we need answers to before we start to plan for living on a new planet, as we can terraform if we need to, thats what MACHINES (imagine morphous from the matrix) are for.

You should stay on earth they need you here........Ticket please
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