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Neonin
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So, not only are there planets around other stars but NASA have now found seven Earth-sized ones orbiting a star "only" 40 light years away, three of them in the stars Goldilocks zone. What a time to be alive... Better get a probe over there ASAP to see what's going on in that system. To think when I was a kid planets around other stars was still sci-fi and now we now there's loads of the buggers.
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great news indeed. big statement about that probe, mind, given the vast distance and our shite tech maybe in a few generations they can think about sending one, and waiting a few more for any data transmissions

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My hope is that, after the James Webb gets up there next year and makes some better observations, they'll detect ozone and other possible by-products of life which will encourage a big drive on propulsion and sensors for a kick-ass probe... but I guess it would take someone going "Ooo I can make money out of that" for it to really happen.
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Amazing what they can find when they actually look into space instead of making shit up about climate change

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Wonder how long before I can choose it as a holiday destination over at Haven?

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Neonin wrote:
but I guess it would take someone going "Ooo I can make money out of that" for it to really happen.


You hit the nail on the head there Neonin. Now that there is money to be potentially made in space tourism and maybe mining space rocks things might shift up a gear.

After the initial race to space in the 60s everything stagnated, we can barely get back to the moon and even if we did what would be the point. Our generation has space apathy and it is very sad.

I do hope commercial space exploration gets us somewhere before we are all dead but it is unlikely...sorry for the depressing sentiment but I think at present we are many many years away from FTL and that makes me sad

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SpaceX are doing commercial flights around the moon next year apparently! Get saving 2 peeps with universe sized wallets are first up!

http://www.techradar.com/news/spacex-announces-first-ever-commercial-flight-to-the-moon-will-launch-in-2018

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