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Old December 19 2012, 11:40 PM   #1
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Potential Earthlike planet around Tau Ceti

BBC link, paper.

They found five rocky planets orbiting Tau Ceti, which is a star very similar to our sun and only twelve lightyears away. One of the planets is in the zone where liquid water should exist.

We need to claim it before the Romulans do.
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Old December 20 2012, 05:56 AM   #2
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Re: Potential Earthlike planet around Tau Ceti



here is a video
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Old December 20 2012, 08:05 PM   #3
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Re: Potential Earthlike planet around Tau Ceti

Has anyone read the research paper?
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Old December 20 2012, 09:31 PM   #4
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I'm sure someone has, at least to edit it and review it for publication.

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Old December 21 2012, 07:52 PM   #5
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Re: Potential Earthlike planet around Tau Ceti

I read the Arxiv version. Not convinced how many planets there actually are.
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Old December 25 2012, 11:17 PM   #6
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Re: Potential Earthlike planet around Tau Ceti

Leaning towards four, possibly five so far, right?
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Old December 25 2012, 11:19 PM   #7
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Re: Potential Earthlike planet around Tau Ceti

This caught my attention in particular:

http://www.centauri-dreams.org/?p=25952
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Old December 27 2012, 04:54 PM   #8
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Re: Potential Earthlike planet around Tau Ceti

All we need is .5 the speed of light and we are there in no time. LOL Ah well, so close but yet so far.
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Old December 27 2012, 10:07 PM   #9
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Re: Potential Earthlike planet around Tau Ceti

gturner wrote: View Post
We need to claim it before the Romulans do.
Change 'Romulans' to 'Chinese' and Washington might actually care enough to have NASA take a look at the idea. (Not that NASA scientists aren't already...)

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Old December 30 2012, 08:51 PM   #10
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Re: Potential Earthlike planet around Tau Ceti

In terms of the recent National Geographic special on how to get there:

Evacuate Earth
http://channel.nationalgeographic.co...vacuate-earth/
http://www.thespacereview.com/article/2196/1

Some thoughts: http://www.trekbbs.com/showpost.php?...5&postcount=22

The world ship called HORIZON is very similar to what is on the cover here
http://www.bis-space.com/products-pa...november-2011/

http://www.bis-space.com/2011/03/16/...y-to-the-stars
http://up-ship.com/blog/?p=11187

The Jan 2013 issues of Scientific American and National Geographic have nice artwork on the subject:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/ar...ation-missions
www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=darwin-in-space-how-multigeneration-12-12-18
http://shop.taviscoburn.com/

Also featured is Project Hyperion by Stever Summerford. Big 33 page PDF:
http://www.steve-summerford.com/Colo...lar_Vessel.pdf
http://news.discovery.com/space/icar...ip-120710.html

http://press.nationalgeographic.com/...e-january-201/
www.martiniere.com/environments/
http://www.thefancy.com/things/25875...Travel-Vessel-|-Stephan-Martiniere-for-National-Geographic

More on the worldship:
http://up-ship.com/blog/?p=7249 http://up-ship.com/blog/?p=7229 http://up-ship.com/blog/?p=11187
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Old January 1 2013, 04:45 PM   #11
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Re: Potential Earthlike planet around Tau Ceti

THIS! IS Tau Ceti V!!!!!!
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Old January 12 2013, 09:10 AM   #12
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I could see our first mission there meeting later missions that beat them there with faster ships developed after they left.
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Old January 13 2013, 01:54 AM   #13
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I could see our first mission there meeting later missions that beat them there with faster ships developed after they left.
Haha, that would kind of suck. But still better to arrive late on your sleeper ship than not at all because the FTL ships were not developed within your non stasis lifetime.
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Old January 13 2013, 09:11 AM   #14
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I could see our first mission there meeting later missions that beat them there with faster ships developed after they left.
Haha, that would kind of suck. But still better to arrive late on your sleeper ship than not at all because the FTL ships were not developed within your non stasis lifetime.
That happened in a sci-fi book I read just about. The main antagonist goes into cold sleep, arrives at the alien world only to find out that a human vessel launched a few months ago was right behind them.
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