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Old February 7 2009, 01:14 PM   #31
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Re: Scientists Discover a Second Earth Transiting a Star

So when do you predict NASA will colonize Mars? Or is your money on somebody else like the Chinese to get there?
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Old February 7 2009, 06:50 PM   #32
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Re: Scientists Discover a Second Earth Transiting a Star

If NASA is funded at it's current levels, we won't get to Mars until the middle of the century...probably a decade after the Chinese.
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Old February 8 2009, 04:16 PM   #33
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Re: Scientists Discover a Second Earth Transiting a Star

Colonize Mars? Or just visit and say hello? If just a visit I would say the U.S. upon hearing that another country is close would rush something up there to say they are first. Actually send people up on a regular basis at least two centuries. NASA wont think outside the box so until they are cleaned out top to bottom we will always be slow in space.
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Old February 20 2009, 03:53 AM   #34
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Re: Scientists Discover a Second Earth Transiting a Star

current exoplanet count
http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/
340 !!
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Old February 20 2009, 04:14 AM   #35
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Also some of these stars might object to us dropping in for a visit.
Also, until someone finds a way to circumvent the laws of physics, human beings will never be able to travel to these stars, ever. Even if centuries from now, we are able to build ships capable of traveling 0.5c or greater with sustaining life support capabilities, we'll never visit any stars that are more than a few light years away and there are only a handful of stars within ~10 light years of earth.
Unless advances are made in cryogenics and there are robot doctors on hand.
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