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As the Obama Government celebrates the mothballing of our Space Program

By Patrick Van Roy On April 28th, 2012

Astronomers find new planet capable of supporting life

Astronomers have discovered their “holy grail” – a planet capable of supporting life outside our solar system.

The planet lies in what they describe as a ‘habitable zone’, neither too near its sun to dry out or too far away which freezes it.

And the discovery could help answer the question of whether we are alone in the universe, which has been plagued astronomers and alien fanatics for years.

Scientists found the planet, Gliese 667Cc, orbiting around a red dwarf star, 22 light years away from the earth.

Re-analysing data from the European Southern Observatory, the astronomers found Gliese 667Cc is a solid planet with roughly four and a half times the mass of Earth.

The University Göttingen and University of California scientists have calculated the planet recieves ten per cent less light from its red dwarf star than the Earth gets from the Sun.

As the light is in the infrared area, the planet still receives nearly the same amount of energy as the Earth, meaning water could be liquid and surface temperatures could be similar to ours.

Astronomers are hailing the plant as the ‘Holy Grail’ of discoveries, as 20 years ago scientists were still arguing about the existence of planets beyond our solar system.

Since the discovery of the first extrasolar planet in 1995, astronomers have confirmed the existence of more than 760 planets beyond the solar system, with only four believed to be in a habitable zone.

“It´s right there in the habitable zone – there´s no question or discussion about it. It is not on the edge. It is right in there.”

26 Responses to “As the Obama Government celebrates the mothballing of our Space Program”

  1. The phaseout of the apace ahuttle was enacted by GW Bush

  2. Phantom,

    “The phaseout of the space shuttle was enacted by GW Bush.”

    Don’t be a spoilsport. The Troll is on a roll. He’s succeeded in linking Obama with stuff taking place 22 light years away 😉

  3. Yes, the Shuttle was phased out but it was to be replaced by Orion. To me, it appeared to be a backward step and not a forward leap but that is only my opinion. What Orion would have done was to keep America in Space. Now the USA is relying on Russian hardware that is older than the Shuttle. We will, sometime, have to return to Space because that is where needed minerals are and much more. It is where adventures will be found.

  4. “We will, sometime, have to return to Space because that is where needed minerals are and much more. It is where adventures will be found.”

    Peter T.

    You go first.
    We’re right behind you.
    And if you get zapped by ‘a alien’,
    we’ll come back for you.. ;0

  5. I shocked that the Administration is not doing more to develop our space program, as Troll points out here we now have an idea where Allan’s planet is located.

    (Phant0m – correctly pointed out).

  6. I bet the Germans will get there first with their beach towels 😉

  7. I say they un-moth ball those shuttles and fuel them up.

    the we round up the greatest thinkers in conservatism(atleast according to Patty), Rush, beck Hanity, levine and that ugly skinny broad whose name escapes me.

    We plot them a course and in the 40 or 50,000 years it will take them to get their they maybe will have evolved

    Or atleast they can finally have a planet where pesky things like voters and differing opinions won’t interfere with there conservative utopia

  8. Yeah Phantom with the Phase in of two additional operations a second heavy lift vehicle and a return to the moon. Don’t try and blame changing NASA into an out reach program and defunding it on anyone but Obama.

    I know you Libs have an aversion to responsibility, but like all children, you included you will be held to it.

    The above comments are the babbling of idiots except for Peter T. The conversation we are having write now, is directly due to advancements created in the space program. The benefits to mankind that have a direct link to our exploration of space have resulted in millions of new products and medical advances. I have put up lists before and will gladly do so again.

    The war on poverty and the great society have delivered nothing, today the same percentage of mankind live in poverty as when they were started yet Trillions have been spent.

    Other than the American military the Space program which even though has always been part of it, but never exclusive to it, no other expenditure in world history has benefited mankind as the space program.

    Man is an explorer by his very nature, you people would have never have funded Magellan, or Columbus, and remember Columbus got lost, yet look what his getting lost led to.

    You are truly a pack of flat earthers.

  9. “you people would have never have funded Magellan, or Columbus”

    I might have done so privately, but I wouldn’t have looted someone else on their behalf. Only a socialist would do that.

    Incidentally, I once read that Columbus relied on private funding in great part.

    To note only the Magellans and Columbuses is to ignore the many ventures which blew fortunes and ended up at the bottom of the oceans or on a plate for cannibals and crocodiles. In the same, way laud NASA for improving frying pans is to ignore all of those advances which never came into being because of the funding which was directed to NASA’s communist space programmes instead.

  10. Troll,
    Don’t you call my carefully (and coreckly) spelt out comment, “the babbling of idiots”.

    I might feel impelled to administer a carefully controlled movement of my arm, resulting in a temporary loss of aural capacity but a heightened ability for you to observe stars..

    Personally, I believe we have created quite enough havoc and misery on this earth without exporting it to the rest of the universe.
    Why DO we have to keep on raping our earth and making more and more people, who will need more and more of EVERYTHING?
    I just don’t get it.

    Have you ever read “That Hideous Strength” by CS Lewis? You might enjoy it.

  11. of all people A8 you shock me. as for mankind

    “You’re an interesting species. An interesting mix. You’re capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares.”

    The space program is one of the examples of our beautiful dreams. In the measurement of time if we are to live as a species we must grow. No other venture has provided us such growth.

  12. Pete

    Columbus was largely funded by Isabelle and Ferdinand of Spain. Are you telling me their wealth wasn’t looted from the people of Spain ?

  13. Troll Baby,
    You are avoiding the thrust of my comment.
    I like this world.
    I like the bees, the butterflies, the animals, ALL of it. However He did it, and why ever he put the nasty bits in, it is a beautiful and fascinating place. Man was meant to be the Steward, not the Taxidermist….
    Get the book and read it with Monica! 🙂

  14. I’ll get the book.

    But without reading it, as of yet. I will say this on the thrust of your comments. Whenever a superior species or culture encounters an inferior one, the inferior one is always wiped out. (that is the underlying fear of an extraterrestrial encounter, that we will be the inferior).

    Also through the providence of natural selection the hairless monkeys of this world have adapted to become the dominant species, all other species are doomed, we do this at our own peril. If just the bees alone died off or were killed entirely by some pesticide as was feared just a few years ago, man would be dead in a decade.

    Further justification to find other worlds to migrate to

  15. Troll

    If the bees were made extinct. Man would not die, we would adapt. That’s how we are the superior species on earth.

  16. Colm,
    You say you believe in God, etc. etc.
    I believe you. But there is nowhere in either the Old or New Testament, that God says He wants us to wipe out inferior or weaker species.
    God did not say to Adam,
    “Give names to all the animals, then wipe ’em out!
    Use the M230 chain gun if you have to….”
    I think (and this is pure conjecture on my part), that Man would be less than human without the other incredible expressions of life and creativity to marvel at.

    Let’s just suppose that our world leaders believed in the same God that we me and David do. They would unashamedly get on their knees and pray and say,
    “Lord, we have a serious environmental problem here.
    The bees are all dying.
    We don’t know why.
    The rains ain’t a ‘coming, and the crops are suffering.
    We don’t know why.
    Our dear brother Troll can’t spell or use grammar proper.
    We don’t know why.
    Please he’p us…

  17. Colm –

    No, I’m saying that much of it was looted that way.

  18. Agit8ed

    Double garbage

  19. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/04/pictures/120427-space-shuttle-enterprise-new-york-city-intrepid-pictures-science/

    Check it out

  20. Colm,

  21. Colm,
    Cast a beady eye over this…


  22. Agit8ed

    Yes I know all about the birds and the bees (brothels can teach so much)

    But serioulsy, I think you misunderstood my comment about the bees being made extinct. I wasn;t saying we should be reckless and care nothing for killing other species, and yes of course we should be considerate and respectfull and aware of the necessity of the other creatures than share our planet, I was simply saying that Man is very adaptable and resourcefull that is why we dominate the planet. We should of course try to protect the Bees for our own necessity as much as for any other reason, but if some catastrophe did befall the humble bumble bee – I don;t think it would spell the end of us Adam and Eves’ that’s all. We would struggle but I believe we would survive. We would just have to give up the Honey Nut corn flakes in the morning 😉

  23. Colm,
    We are adaptable and resourceful, but as I said, man was not told he should put his well-being above everything else.
    Like they say in the cut price stores,
    “Once they’re gone they’re gone!”
    You can’t re create extinct species.

  24. no but there is a set of scriptures for where all species were revealed to be for mans use even lifting the ban on old taboos of what you could and could not eat.

    and I am not saying that we should kill everything. I am stating facts. When a more advanced predator species moves into an area they destroy the other species, and or cultures. Humans if you look at how we act as a species we resemble the behaviors of a virus more than a mamal, all species but man will reach a level in an area of habitation where they have a balance with there environment. Except man. There is a flaw in our make up, yet we have been gifted with our talent to adapt to over come our short comings. I’m not explaining it the best I can I’m typing while we have company.

    Colm as for the bees no mankind can’t live with out them. we can pollinate artificially small quantities of food plants not enough to feed the planet, we aren’t there yet. The majority of mankind and all other animals would die off when there is no more wheat, corn, fruit, and grain left. Bees are actually one of the most crucial keystones of the planets bio-structure

  25. Troll

    We can harrass the mountains of Pakistan killing jihadists with unmanned drones – surely if the bees all pop their clogs we can create millions of tiny drones to make love to all the worlds little food bearing plants 😉

  26. yeah but that would be a evil american military industrial complex secret ssshhhh

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