NASA’s Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star. This discovery and the introduction of 11 other new small habitable zone candidate planets mark another milestone in the journey to finding another “Earth.”
All the recent successes in space – Philae/Rosetta, New Horizons, the never-ending stream of discoveries from Keppler, like this one – actually make me sad, because it makes me wonder how much more we could’ve achieved and discovered has we not developed this anti-science and pro-war climate we’ve been living in for a while now.
Maybe these new achievements will reignite the hunger for space. We can hope.
Unmanned space science is the optimal route while we work on some form of propulsion better than chemical rockets, so that we have a chance of visiting other stars within a single human lifetime. But sure, keep blaming war for things.