To boldly go: NASA teases new travel destinations
According to the latest news, astronomers from have found at least seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the same star 40 light-years away. This incredible finding has been announced at a news conference at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
This particular discovery outside of our solar system is so unique because the planets are being similar in size to Earth and seem to have water on their surfaces and potentially support life. Estimates of their mass also indicate that these are rocky planets, rather than being steamy like Jupiter. Three planets are in the habitable zone of the star, known as TRAPPIST-1e, f and g, and may even have oceans on the surface.
Scientists believe that TRAPPIST-1f in particular is the best candidate for supporting life. It’s a bit colder than Earth, but could be appropriate for creating life with the right atmosphere and enough greenhouse gases.
Inspired by this astonishing findings TripTogether, exciting social travel site which is connecting travelers across the globe, did their own internal poll asking their members “would they travel to Earth-like planets”. The results were quite sensational. Surprisingly, 84 % confirmed they would travel to these planets without second thought and have a fresh start, 5% of the respondents didn’t welcome the idea of leaving Earth, stating that it’s their home, 10 % said they would travel only if they know they have opportunity to come back to Earth, while only 1 % flat out refused this idea, claiming they saw enough of science fiction movies.
This surprising feedback has inspired TripTogether team to think about possibilities of assisting their members in future in planning this historical trip.” It would generate so many exciting travel opportunities for our travel community to be one of the first explorers in history to connect and discover new planets together. For now this is but a hopeful vision, since it will take time before this becomes possible, however it’s definitely something to look forward to the humanity, said Anita Covic Destination Specialist at TripTogether. Movies such as Passenger were definitely ahead of this incredible discovery by predicting this exciting future while creating a compeling story about spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of explorers. Therefore, I can’t help but think we will all soon enough have an opportunity to travel and create a fresh start somewhere else in Space, added Covic.