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Have We Discovered A Second Earth?

Earlier today, NASA announced the discovery of a new solar system made up of seven Earth-sized planets. The seven rocky planets orbit around the dwarf star, TRAPPIST-1, and all have the potential for water on their surface.  This is an exciting discovery because it brings us one step closer to finding another planet with the potential for life.

The New York Times published an article this morning talking about the importance of this discovery and what it could mean for mankind. Thomas Zurbuchen, Science Mission Directorate of NASA, says “The discovery gives us a hint that finding a second Earth is not just a matter of if, but when.” This discovery is a huge step forward in possibly discovering a second planet with living beings, or a second Earth for humans to one day inhabit.

This discovery is an example of how powerful technology is in the 21st century and how much technology affects our world. NASA launched a new website specifically focused on the TRAPPIST-1 star and even released “promotional posters”  inviting tourists to explore the new solar system.

Globalization has occurred through the world over the past century. In the next century, can we expect to see globalization occur not only within Earth, but throughout the universe as well?

Original Story: “7 Earth-Size Planets Orbit Dwarf Star, NASA and European Astronomers Say,” NY Times Feb 22, 2017.

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