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Scientists pleasantly surprised by number of Earth-size, distant planets
CNN ^ | 2/19/11

Posted on 02/20/2011 4:36:39 PM PST by KevinDavis

Where might extraterrestrials live? The first step is figuring out what other planets out there have conditions like our own.

Scientists using NASA's Kepler space telescope are working hard to find candidates for inhabitable planets. So far, it seems that for approximately every two stars in the galaxy, there is one possible planet, NASA's William Borucki said Saturday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Washington.

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: scientism; space; xplanets
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1 posted on 02/20/2011 4:36:44 PM PST by KevinDavis
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2 posted on 02/20/2011 4:38:00 PM PST by KevinDavis (If you buy a car from GM, you are supporting Obama..)
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To: KevinDavis

We are not alone!

But we are being left alone.

Probably because we have not matured enough to become civilized enough to be welcomed by the other civilizations.


3 posted on 02/20/2011 4:41:39 PM PST by Aroostook25
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To: KevinDavis

Class M.


4 posted on 02/20/2011 4:41:39 PM PST by jimfree (In 2012 Sarah Palin will continue to have more relevant quality executive experience than B. Obama.)
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To: KevinDavis

Pleasantly surprised implies an agenda. This is not science.


5 posted on 02/20/2011 4:43:28 PM PST by rsobin
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To: KevinDavis

To serve man.

It’s a cook book!!!


6 posted on 02/20/2011 4:44:13 PM PST by Drango (NO-vember is payback for April 15th)
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To: KevinDavis
"Save the Earth, it's where I keep all my stuff"

"Earth First! We can log the other planets later"

7 posted on 02/20/2011 4:45:20 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Obama. Chauncey Gardiner without the homburg.)
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To: rsobin

And what agenda is that?


8 posted on 02/20/2011 4:46:13 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: KevinDavis
Scientists using NASA's Kepler space telescope are working hard to find candidates for inhabitable planets.

My gosh! This is fantastic news!

Hopefully we'll throw gobs and gobs of taxpayer money at this.

9 posted on 02/20/2011 4:46:23 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Aroostook25

10 posted on 02/20/2011 4:47:23 PM PST by The Magical Mischief Tour (With The Resistance...)
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To: KevinDavis
So far, it seems that for approximately every two stars in the galaxy, there is one possible planet,

"So far", "it seems", "possible". (sigh). Don't you just love the hard and fast concreteness of science. Oops. I mean, "science".

11 posted on 02/20/2011 4:49:08 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: rsobin
Oh? do tell...
12 posted on 02/20/2011 4:50:29 PM PST by starlifter (Pullum sapit)
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To: Texas Eagle; All

So???


13 posted on 02/20/2011 4:51:30 PM PST by KevinDavis (If you buy a car from GM, you are supporting Obama..)
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To: KevinDavis
Where might extraterrestrials live? The first step is figuring out what other planets out there have conditions like our own.

It always bugs me that they always assume that a planet has to be "like our own" to support life. If one is to assume that we evolved to thrive in the conditions that we have here, then one needs to assume that some other lifeform could just as easily evolve to thrive in any sort of conditions.

That said, I think we're the only ones around. If we did evolve out of random conditions, then there should be nearly an infinite number of other places where the same thing happened... and surely we would have found some evidence of that somewhere by now.

14 posted on 02/20/2011 4:54:36 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: KevinDavis
So???

So, how much money does NASA want?

Or, better put, how much of my grandchildren's and yet-to-be-born great-grandchildren's money does NASA want?

15 posted on 02/20/2011 4:55:04 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Aroostook25

We may be the only civilization.

In my opinion finding alien intelligence is actually a bad thing. Better to find a planet teeming with life no smarter than a chicken. We need to find life we can eat, air we can breathe, and water we can drink.


16 posted on 02/20/2011 4:55:19 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Texas Eagle
"So far", "it seems", "possible". (sigh). Don't you just love the hard and fast concreteness of science. Oops. I mean, "science".

Planets have been detected around other stars. Whether every other star has a rocky ball orbiting it in the life-comfort zone is conjectural, but it's not an illogical conjecture.

It is far more logical than the "science" offered up by the "Jesus rode a dinosaur" types.

17 posted on 02/20/2011 4:55:39 PM PST by Big Bronson
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Thanks KevinDavis.
 
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18 posted on 02/20/2011 4:57:02 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: cripplecreek; All

or we spread life throughout the universe and modify the human race to survive on different planets that is not like Earth.


19 posted on 02/20/2011 4:59:00 PM PST by KevinDavis (If you buy a car from GM, you are supporting Obama..)
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To: rsobin
I've learned to remember that science articles are generally comprised of the words of science reporters, not of the scientists themselves. I see nowhere in the article a scientist declaring himself the be "pleasently surprised"

It looks like spin from a reporter.

20 posted on 02/20/2011 4:59:47 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Obama. Chauncey Gardiner without the homburg.)
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To: Cementjungle
and surely we would have found some evidence of that somewhere by now.

How? We've only landed on a couple of bodies in our own solar system. Venus is likely too hot but we haven't done much study. Mars is cold but possible. We need to look a lot deeper beneath the surface of mars.

So far we haven't found a single place on earth where life doesn't exist despite looking in widely diverse places.
21 posted on 02/20/2011 5:01:01 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Big Bronson
It is far more logical than the "science" offered up by the "Jesus rode a dinosaur" types.

Yeah, well, it doesn't cost my fellow taxpayers bazillions of dollars every year for me to believe that Jesus rode dinosaurs.

If you want to sell all your possessions in pursuit of this boondoggle, be my guest. Just don't make me pay for it.

22 posted on 02/20/2011 5:02:21 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: cripplecreek; Cementjungle; All

Space is huge.. We are only a speck of sand in this cosmic beach..


23 posted on 02/20/2011 5:02:25 PM PST by KevinDavis (If you buy a car from GM, you are supporting Obama..)
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To: Texas Eagle

Gobs and gobs of JOBS for Americans!
Real jobs in technology, manufacturing, and science.
Better than social services and stimulus handouts to unions.


24 posted on 02/20/2011 5:02:53 PM PST by Aroostook25
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To: KevinDavis

It’s pleasant until the aliens come to eat us. :)


25 posted on 02/20/2011 5:03:21 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves ( "The right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended." - Rowan Atkinson)
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Whatever luddite.. Here is what the Constitution says about science: To promote the progress of science.... I think we should focus more like poverty programs that costs us trillions...


26 posted on 02/20/2011 5:04:36 PM PST by KevinDavis (If you buy a car from GM, you are supporting Obama..)
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To: Texas Eagle
If you want to sell all your possessions in pursuit of this boondoggle, be my guest. Just don't make me pay for it.

Deal. The second you just stop using any technology which was developed as a result of NASA.

27 posted on 02/20/2011 5:06:08 PM PST by Big Bronson
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To: Texas Eagle

You probably spend 3 or 4 times as much on pizza every year as you do on NASA.


28 posted on 02/20/2011 5:06:36 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Obama. Chauncey Gardiner without the homburg.)
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To: KevinDavis

A whole lot of wasted space if it’s just us. I think the number is actually so high as to be mind-blowing.


29 posted on 02/20/2011 5:08:18 PM PST by JPG (As WI goes, so goes the nation. Thank you, Gov Walker.)
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To: muir_redwoods

Fine. Then they won’t miss my share.


30 posted on 02/20/2011 5:09:06 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: cripplecreek
So far we haven't found a single place on earth where life doesn't exist despite looking in widely diverse places.

Exactly. If life springs up from random elements and chemicals, then it should be all over the place. Some would be less advanced than us, others would be more advanced. We should see some signs of something... signals, visitors, something.

Even if life could randomly form on only one out of a billion celestial bodies, there would still be billions and billions of places teaming with life... and odds would be that half or so of it would be as advanced as us, and we would see some sort of evidence.

31 posted on 02/20/2011 5:10:17 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: Big Bronson
Deal. The second you just stop using any technology which was developed as a result of NASA.

Deal.

32 posted on 02/20/2011 5:12:07 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Aroostook25
Gobs and gobs of JOBS for Americans! Real jobs in technology, manufacturing, and science.

So, withou NASA, there would be no jobs in technology, manufacturing and science?

Weird. SOMEbody's been inhaling Bunsen Burner fumes.

33 posted on 02/20/2011 5:13:54 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: rsobin
Pleasantly surprised implies an agenda. This is not science.

Well I suppose. But I think that unlike the R vs. D world we live in there is a pretty broad agreement that it would be a good thing if we find other planets that support life.

34 posted on 02/20/2011 5:16:21 PM PST by InterceptPoint
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To: Texas Eagle

I can’t imagine missing anything about you.


35 posted on 02/20/2011 5:17:46 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Obama. Chauncey Gardiner without the homburg.)
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To: Texas Eagle

I can’t imagine missing anything about you.


36 posted on 02/20/2011 5:18:00 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Obama. Chauncey Gardiner without the homburg.)
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To: Cementjungle
We should see some signs of something... signals, visitors, something.

Would we recognize those signals? A civilization advanced enough to travel between stars with regularity would likely develop some kind of faster than light communications that we're unable to detect.
37 posted on 02/20/2011 5:18:11 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: KevinDavis
Here is what the Constitution says about science: To promote the progress of science....

How did Ben Franklin discover electricity without NASA being around?

I think we should focus more like poverty programs that costs us trillions...

Ah, yes, of course. Just because I am opposed to wasting trillions of taxpayer dollars on inter-galactic conjecture, I MUST be in favor of wasting trillions of taxpayer dollars on poverty programs.

38 posted on 02/20/2011 5:18:47 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: muir_redwoods
I can’t imagine missing anything about you.

Then it's settled.

39 posted on 02/20/2011 5:20:28 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Texas Eagle

Yeah, tell the IRS I said so


40 posted on 02/20/2011 5:26:51 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Obama. Chauncey Gardiner without the homburg.)
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To: Texas Eagle

Don’t forget, without NASA we could not study Globull Warming or even give a kiss the floor bow to the Muzzies. Cancel their ticket or get them back to space. Not one dime for anything else.
I hope, however advanced the little green men are, I have no desire to become their slave. LEAVE US ALONE!


41 posted on 02/20/2011 5:28:56 PM PST by barb-tex
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To: muir_redwoods

What does that even mean?


42 posted on 02/20/2011 5:29:22 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: cripplecreek
Would we recognize those signals? A civilization advanced enough to travel between stars with regularity would likely develop some kind of faster than light communications that we're unable to detect.

Perhaps. But, based on the law of averages, some civilizations wouldn't be that advanced... some would be where we are, or behind us. Wouldn't we spot old probes, old ships, signals, etc. floating around out there?

43 posted on 02/20/2011 5:29:22 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: barb-tex
Exactly. If NASA is so all-fired important to our lives, then I'm sure they'll be able to fund whatever projects they want to pursue by taking advantage of The Free Market.

Trust me, life would go on without NASA and scientific advancements might even flourish.

That muffled applauding you hear is Ben Franklin giving me a standing O from his grave.

44 posted on 02/20/2011 5:34:36 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Cementjungle
based on the law of averages, some civilizations wouldn't be that advanced... some would be where we are, or behind us. Wouldn't we spot old probes, old ships, signals, etc. floating around out there?

Considering the fact that our most distant probes have only just left the solar system after some 35 years and are still some 50,000 years from reaching even the closest star. We aren't going to be finding anything left by other similar civilizations in our own solar system for at least 50,000 years.
45 posted on 02/20/2011 5:34:59 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Texas Eagle

I didn’t say “no jobs”.

I said “Gobs and gobs of jobs”.

As in — more jobs.


46 posted on 02/20/2011 5:49:39 PM PST by Aroostook25
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To: KevinDavis

And this helps us how????


47 posted on 02/20/2011 5:51:55 PM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: Aroostook25

Oh, you were being sarcastic. Sorry.


48 posted on 02/20/2011 5:52:16 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: cripplecreek
Considering the fact that our most distant probes have only just left the solar system after some 35 years and are still some 50,000 years from reaching even the closest star. We aren't going to be finding anything left by other similar civilizations in our own solar system for at least 50,000 years.

If there is other life, some of it might be a mere 100,000 years or so ahead of us... and might have left behind some junk for us to spot in our backyard somewhere.

49 posted on 02/20/2011 6:00:52 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: rsobin

Good catch.


50 posted on 02/20/2011 6:12:47 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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