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"One night I was running home," the astronomer, who likes to run in the evenings, told SPACE.com, "and it was a particularly clear night so it was a nice starry sky, and in that split second when I looked up at the stars I saw the sky differently. I saw not just pinpoints of light; I saw solar systems. It was really a fundamental paradigm shift for me. I think everybody will experience that once they know there are so many planets out there." The first discovery of a second Earth will likely be another watershed moment for her and many, she said. www.space.com...
reply to post by beezzer
We'd just send people there and ***k it up too. We've learned nothing.
reply to post by Holographicmeat
The way we run things that would be the case. Look at the dispute between China and Japan because China saw it first but Japan stepped on it first. But - it would change us because we wouldn't be able to get there. People could try but it wouldn't happen. At best - we realize it's there and exactly like earth based on the specs. This knowledge changes the center of the universe thinking even more.
reply to post by stormbringer1701
That was a cool read. If we could home astral travel - making it more than it presently is, that too would change people. We would need to feel completely at peace (collectively) to be able to do that IMO. I don't think we will ever build a machine that can do this until we're able to see the value in spirit as well as ego. And I'm not talking religion but how we're connected to what's out there already. We are so close yet still so far away. It's like the tip of something big yet we can't quite reach it.
If these planets you speak of are present there must be others in these same systems that are more livable. Of course my thinking all along is if they are inhabitable they are also occupied. Therefore its unlikely we will get off of this planet anytime in the next 1000 years so working with what we have is key. When we learn to live here - we will be able to go there. Then we can visit those places that are and aren't inhabited. That's my present thinking on it. It will take way more than we can create on a blueprint.
there are at least three companies or university research teams ready to put together the first generation fusion drives right now. these first drives will not be interstellar speed class *YET* but they will jump start a technology race that will in short order get them to interstellar class.
reply to post by Dianec
On the other hand, it may be just what we need to make long distance space travel a reality quicker by starting round 2 or whatever of the space race. People really don't STILL believe we are the center of the universe do they?