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Start Building Lifeboats…

…’cause now we have a shot of getting the hell off this rock. Scientists have confirmed discovery a rocky planet it the habitable zone of its star. (Wired link | Link to paper on Arxiv.org)

The planet, Gliese 581g, is a tantalizingly close 20 light years. Not close enough for a one-lifetime trek with today’s technologies, but certainly doable with some advances in propulsion and life support, volunteers willing to never see the other side, and a hell of a lot of luck.

Long story short, it’s now conceivable that Homo sapiens sapiens could become a multi-star-system species. How fucking awesome is that?

Rhetorical question. Very fucking awesome.

Posted in Science/Tech.


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  1. josh dilger says

    only SMALL advances in… 🙂