Launching today: NASA's new satellite seeking "alien" Earths


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/04/16/launching-today-nasas-new-s.html


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Given humanity’s track record, I’m sure nobody would want us.


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I dunno, this seems like over engineering; in Prometheus, they were able to find an alien world based off some vague old cave drawings, and everyone in that film was a certifiable idiot.


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They’re made out of meat . . .


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Could a planet in the habitable zone have a moon big enough to hold and atmosphere? If the moon was tidally locked with the planet it would have a day night cycle that would hopefully prevent all the water from condensing out as snow on the dark side. Or would that be unstable? What about a large asteroid in one of the Lagrange points of a planet?


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More data is needed, but IIRC, current models of planetary formation say that habitable moons are very unlikely, maybe impossible. So, no Yavins out there.


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Awesome. Double plus like. More wonderful things like this, please.


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They weren’t happy with something during the countdown - the launch is postponed until Wednesday at 6:51 pm.


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Been offline for two days. After spending two hours catching up on the news…I’m looking forward to hearing that these missions were a success.


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