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12/1/2011 08:10 PM EST
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yalanand
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yalanand   12/4/2011 6:09:30 PM
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Wow, thanks for this interesting article. It's really exciting to know that there are 54 potential "sister" planets. Let's hope this research will find new facts about earth like planets and may be possible answer to UFO.

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Bert22306   12/3/2011 11:15:39 PM
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Not such a mystery, really. One of may reasons would be, of course, TIME. If some distant civilizations were doing SETI to try to discover us, what would they receive? Nothing. Not unless they were no more than 50 or so lightyears away, which is right in our own backyard. We need to figure out something along the lines of "subspace communications," as in the Star Trek series. A way of bypassing the speed of light.

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Bert22306   12/3/2011 11:08:29 PM
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This is not only super exciting, but if we end up finding any evidence of life elsewhere, even just microbes, it would be one of those civilization-changing milestones in the history of mankind. It would revolutionize our whole sense of who we are. Similar to when Nicolaus Copernicus figured out that the Earth was not, after all, the center of the universe. And perhaps even more revolutionary than that. Then again, it may be a whole lot quicker to reach this gigantic milestone if our Mars missions show any evidence of living organisms, even if long expired. Some years ago, when I voiced this hope to a long-time friend, he said, "Why Mars? Why not some other planet in some other solar system?" And my response was, I'm just being pragmatic. If on Mars, we have a hope of reaching this new frontier within our lifetimes. Otherwise, ...? This sort of search for knowledge is what defines us as humans. I can only hope the funding for these endeavors is not sucked away to more mundane causes.

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Tiger Joe   12/2/2011 9:24:57 PM
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The next obvious step would be to establish whether they are covered in water similar to Earth.

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Bill Chase   12/2/2011 7:52:34 PM
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There are an infinite number of mysteries. One super mystery is why w/ the huge number of stars and planets, the SETI project never heard a thing. When earth size planets are identified, what then?

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goafrit   12/2/2011 4:39:10 PM
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Interesting! Hope this machine will have people to service it in few years when all the cuts are done.

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agk   12/2/2011 12:23:06 PM
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95 mega pixel camera and the method to detect a planet in the milky way by detecting the blocked light of a star when the planet passes by are quite unique thinking and the finding out of 5 planets of earth size in the same kind of our earth's habitual zone are just exciting to read and understand. Long live NASA.

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