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Originally posted by Chadwickus
Oh this is rich.
This isn't proof of NASA lies, it's proof that NASA scientists are human.
It is also proof of there being a lot of unconfirmed earth sized planets in the galaxy, that's it.
And that's the kicker here, unconfirmed.
that team members had been allowed to keep to themselves for further analysis until next February.
NASA wasn't planning to withhold this information, they wanted to investigate further and confirm their findings before sharing the news, this is what real scientists typically do, I say typically because, Dimitar Sasselov got a bit ahead of himself obviously.
But please, continue with your ignorant witch hunt against NASA, it's quite funny to watch actually.
The announcement was especially striking because it was largely based on Kepler data that team members had been allowed to keep to themselves for further analysis until next February.
The all-too-public leak came from astronomer and Kepler co-investigator Dimitar Sasselov of Harvard University at the annual TEDGLobal conference, a production of the nonprofit TED.
At 8:15 into his 18-minute talk, Sasselov showed a bar graph of planet size. Of the approximate 265 Kepler planets represented on the graph, about 140 were labeled “like Earth,” that is, having a radius smaller than twice Earth’s radius. “You can see here small planets dominate the picture,” said Sasselov. Until now, astronomers’ exoplanet finds had been more like gas giant Jupiter than rocky little Earth. Even Kepler investigators had refrained from discussing any Earth-size finds.
Originally posted by ThePeaceMaker
hey people nice post. Ive not been a member of ATS for long and more of a ATS lurker but im well interested in this post so i had to ask about it. Can someone explain to me what the goldielocks zone is.
I also like people theories on the 'sitting on it till 2012' bit. As a skeptic i dont believe the world is going to end in 2012 but something more bigger.
Im also for one for believing that somewhere out in the big vast of blackness there has to be other life. Im hopin for discloser in 2012
Thanks for any answer or thoughts anyone replies with
Originally posted by spikey
The really important question has yet to be asked it seems...exactly WHY would they be planning to 'sit on the information' or shelve it indefinitely, in the first place?
There is no credible reason to hide this from the public, none at all.
Originally posted by sakokrap
This is another fine example of the forethought behind the armed robbery of your neighbors.
So, NASA is keeping secrets- that in itself is no big deal; although, if they're enjoying their salaries, their equipment, and the support and security of public servants all at the cost of armed robbers coming into my neighbors' homes to plunder resource from their families table... well, this makes a wonderful example of the design behind the mind of the masters.
How long will people actually choose to allow the likes of such worthless endeavors like NASA to pilfer from their family???
Originally posted by TrueBrit
reply to post by GerhardSA
The Goldilocks zone , like many other theories is being undone at almost the same rate we see the rare earth myth being unravelled. More extremophiles appear to science every year, in increasingly unlikely and inhospitable places. We cannot truely know that life outside the Goldilocks zone, therefore is impossible. Only that humans cannot survive there. There is a massive divide between those two statements. One is relavent the other is of no importance at this stage.
Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
Information = power. I was just telling this to Hanslune. The people who have information tend to hoard it in order to protect their power. A sense of superiority starts to take place, as the "profane" are not worthy of knowing. They are "too stupid" to be able to understand. It is for their protection that they are kept in the dark, for knowing the truth is such a burden.
Originally posted by boomadatigger
Maybe this article might clarify it some.
Or maybe this article
[edit on 2-8-2010 by boomadatigger]
In the blog posting, he emphasizes that the Kepler telescope can measure the size of objects as they pass over a star's disk, but can't say much about their climate or chemistry - let alone whether they have water or rocks. In fact, he notes that the Earth-scale planets detected by Kepler so far couldn't be Earthlike in the water-and-trees sense because they circle their parent stars in such hellishly close orbits. They're nowhere near the "habitable zone" within which life as we know it can exist.
Originally posted by Patriotgal
Just remember, rule #1 at nasa- "NEVER A STRAIGHT ANSWER"!!