This week has seen me genuinely excited by science news much more than I usually am. Some jadedness is only natural given the various life/not-life announcements coming out of NASA’s Mars missions lately, and I’m still pretty hesitant to get on the bandwagon given that the press so frequently distorts, overhypes, or plain misunderstands the science aspect of things.
However, this week has been hugely exciting. To recap:
Two Earth-like planets were discovered in Goldilocks zones
Potential vacuum- and radiation-insulating nano shields were accidentally discovered in the lab (with long-term space exploration applications)
Fingerprints of the solar system parent supernova were found in meteorites
Plus the usual assortment of little things. As an sci-fi/space enthusiast, it’s pretty awesome to have more or less direct evidence of what came before us still visible (if we know where to look), but more importantly the combination of other Earths – and maybe the means with which to protect ourselves on the way there – is incredibly exciting.
Now to get NASA some funding…
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