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Friday, March 7, 2014

Discovery of New Worlds

I've often said that this is the Golden Age of Science and Technology, and I get excited when I learn of new discoveries - especially those that rock our world.

NASA announced last week that they have discovered more than 700 new planets. Some of them are very Earth-like, with water and atmospheres that sustain life.

Why is this so exciting?

In my opinion, it is only a matter of time before this planet runs out of resources. The stuff of science fiction - leaving a home planet in search of others - is actually coming true right before our eyes. There are plans to send people to Mars in the near future to colonize it, and with the discovery of other planets that can sustain life, it means that perhaps our grandchildren or their grandchildren will someday be able to travel to another world as easily as we hop a plane and fly around the world.

Is this too far-fetched to believe?

I am reminded of my grandfather's saying every time he thought someone wanted to accomplish the impossible. He'd say, "You can no more do that than send a man to the moon!"



sherry fundin said...

Very interesting. Is there a book in there waiting to be written? ^_^

p.m.terrell said...

Thanks for stopping by, Sherry! Yes, this would make a terrific book, wouldn't it? Considered science fiction today, it could be nonfiction tomorrow! :)

maggiethom said...

It appears that many of the movies that have talked about this for years, may actually be coming true. I'll have to tell my son, although he probably already knows, he loves this stuff. Very interesting. Scary to think of that kind of travel, the thought of taking 24 hours from going from Canada to say Australia, I can't imagine how long it would take to go to another planet. pretty cool though.

p.m.terrell said...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, Maggie! The plans for the expedition to Mars includes one-way tickets to the planet. Several governments have banded together to select a group of people who will colonize the planet. Where once they expected it to take decades to reach Mars, they now can do it in a matter of weeks. Mind boggling how fast technology is changing, isn't it?