Thank you for the article and the specs - it is amazing that just this little spot in just this one little galaxy is producing so much - especially when this device with it's current algorithms - I am sure they will be improved - has a limited resolution, and will not see any planets like our own. I am not even sure it any of our planets would be seen although perhaps Saturn and Jupiter would (this would be nice to know). Regarding the uniqueness of Earth - I don't buy it as the one thing we have learned as we actually learn about the cosmos is how insignificant we are - can we really be alone?
It is just awesome to see continued success of NASA projects, if we could contemplate the odds of probabilities and the scale of space, distance, and time scales been are considered; for 2 civilizations to be aware of each other.
It is so remote that my head spins in just tinking of the possibilities...
Great research. I'm very interested in everything we can learn about our universe, even though I don't believe for a second that this will make any difference for finding other intelligent life. Most people don't seem to realize how unique our planet is. I highly doubt there is even 1 among those 988 planets that could support life if it was transplanted there. Let alone that it could develop by accident--a still completely unproven idea, and not for lack of trying.
While it is a disappointment that we are out of the manned space flight business for the moment, I can't fathom seeing our total space program as being anything but an incredible amount of scientific success.
It blows my mind to consider that we can detect planets at such staggering distances.
This is something mind boggling. Hats of to those engineers to first conceptualize such a instrument and building the same!
With persistent efforts like this we will sure find some response to our quest for the life elsewhere in this universe.
Very informative article with technical details and beautiful pictures. Good to see the success achieved by the scientists and the angineers in making new discoveries by means of technological advancements.
Again, US$500 million is a great amount of money! :)
A great news from NASA and SETI. Many planets in space and there will be life in many. THe scientists at NASA and SETI are doing it so finely. 21st centuary will identifi Alien family and make friends with them.
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