NASA has announced the discovery of a sister solar system with seven planets, out of which three can live! It's just around the corner, just 40 light-years from us. Scientists working on this project are shocked and with them the whole world!
I support everything related to space exploration. I think this is a fascinating and useful science plot, because every new discovery teaches us something new. But to understand the meaning of these studies, I do not need the media noise around them. And certainly no need for the hysteria that was done with TRAPPIST-1. Serious people began to fill the network with the words "chance for humanity", "new hope", "breakthrough discovery" ... Seriously?
So many planets, which we probably never recommend
NASA won yesterday's internet, but as the dust began to fall, it's worth considering the scale of this discovery. Here are other Earth-like planets that can be added to the list launched in 2014. What so much noise? This is a very good question, because we are most likely not going to TRAPPIST-1.
For those 50-100 years, even if technically possible, our cosmic observing capabilities will also be x times better. This means that we have a good chance of discovering some interesting planets by then, and those that are even closer. Especially since TRAPPIST-1 is not the perfect place to buy a new home. By that time, perhaps, it will be possible to go from Mars to another planet and it will be better to invest in the "Red Planet".
Scientists are slowly coming out of shock, and animators are making a check for beautiful visuals
Why in this case do the same scientists who feed us with the boundless space cosmic phrases and the high probability of not only the second, but also the third and the hundredth of Earth, are now shocked by their discovery? Sadly, the sad truth is that without a proper cover, no one would pick up the subject, and the TRAPPIST-1 layout would appear at the most in scientific journals. Meanwhile, NASA must somehow justify the public that it is worth billing into the agency billions of dollars. Between the lines you read, "Look, we've discovered planets on which life may be, but more will know how we will put in a new telescope in 2018 - will you help?". Now it is enough to sustain the state of euphoria, giving more information and everyone will help by not questioning the sense of existence of the agency.
PR department of NASA has performed remarkably. Excitement poured into all corners of the internet. On the one hand it is good, because as I mentioned, this will help to guarantee resources for further work, on the other hand, unnecessarily came the race for "headlines" ...