View Full Version : Largest batch of Earth size habitable zone

02-23-2017, 12:16 AM
Read more: NASA report (http://nasa.tumblr.com/post/157579604399/largest-batch-of-earth-size-habitable-zone)

Our Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in an area called the habitable zone, where liquid water is most likely to exist on a rocky planet.

Pack your bags folks...


02-23-2017, 12:32 AM
Read more: NASA report (http://nasa.tumblr.com/post/157579604399/largest-batch-of-earth-size-habitable-zone)

All Photoshop & CGI. Way to go NASA.


02-23-2017, 12:47 AM
Now we can go destroy at least 3 other planets ;)

I still think terraforming Mars is the best option.

02-23-2017, 07:25 AM
All Photoshop & CGI. Way to go NASA. LOL

Haha... 2 unrelated comments come to my mind:

1) Laurie Anderson had a fantastic show called "The End of the Moon"... which spins around a weird situation she went through: she was hired by the NASA as the first NASA's artist-in-residence.... She didn't know what she was meant to do there, the NASA staff didn't know it either... So they simply gave her access to the NASA and asked her to do "something artistic". What she did was having conversations with people who works at the NASA as to understand what's their job and what they actually do. So she had a fascinating conversation with a group of persons who work with space radars. They explained her that their job was simply receiving frequencies from the very distant space and "translating" those frequencies into images. She looked at the images and said that she loved the beautiful colours. So they explained her something that wasn't a secret: that they believed that they are quite accurate when it comes to the shapes, but the colours are simply added as to make the images more attractive to the public, simply because they do not know which colour has what they are observing with the radars. She laughed and said that they were thinking more like artists than like scientists... and that it was a nice artistic job, but somehow funny and disappointing at the same time. Her experience as the first resident artist of the NASA was later explained in a show/concert called "The End of the Moon" (she was the first and the last artist that the NASA hired).
But, yes, a lot of the images we see from outer space are simply coloured in quite a random way as to make them attractive.

2) When I began to get interested in Hermeticism, my FIRST love was small groups that were very linked to mail-art, DIY techniques and counter-culture... in most cases the number 23 worked as the "special number" that created the links (which is why I still use that number a lot). These groups died around the year 2000... the internet killed them, probably because they were heavily based on mail-art and when we all switched to e-mails and forums some part of that "touchable" magic of receiving envelopes filled with information that was unavailable elsewhere was lost (I still have a vast "archive" of DIY-zines of that AMAZING underground scene that had more guts than knowledge, but I've learnt a lot with them... and I am thankfully still in touch with several persons from around the world who were part of those amorphous groups). One of them was the glorious Association of Autonomous Astronauts ( AAA in wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Association_of_Autonomous_Astronauts) / my favorite AAA Archive (http://www.uncarved.org/AAA/further.html) ).
The AAA existed from 23rd April 1995 till 23rd April 2000.
The idea of the group was to create autonomous anarchist collectives in the outer space and the big "enemy" was always the NASA (and all the State-controlled space agencies... with their militarization of Space and their intentions of taking the logic of the States to outer space).
The AAA was 100% a tongue-in-cheek joke and 100% absolutely serious (Yeah, it had that paradox). Most persons there had a more "serious" Hermetic background though.
The general idea was asking: "Why can't we build a rocket and create our New Babylon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Babylon_(Constant_Nieuwenhuys)) in outer space?"... and mostly a game of taking the logic of Situationism & Letrism (http://www.bopsecrets.org/SI/Chtcheglov.htm) to outer space... but the whole joke that was not a joke (yeah, it had that paradox) was always bringing interesting discussions:

-Who owns outer space?
-What is an Autonomous Astronaut (http://www.uncarved.org/AAA/becoming.html)?
-Why can't we build our own rocket? Because of money... So why we organized our society in such a catastrophic way that an average person can't afford a rocket and live as he wants in outer space?
-Why do the State Space Agencies have the obsession of taking the military logic of the States to outer space?
-Why do we have to sit and wait until the NASA colonizes outer space? Why don't we do it first?

Of course, we never went to outer space physically... but I've learnt a lot with the AAA. Probably what I learnt is that we live in a quite silly civilization and we CAN create an absolutely different society, but we simply accepted the one we were given.

A marvelous re-make of one of my favorite films (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoUIHBSiVAY) (I post the re-make because the original one is only available online in a very poor quality):


(I completely relate the film to the ideals of that the AAA had)

02-23-2017, 08:09 AM
If we look at their website, the images are not just 'painted over', they are all computer-made from scratch.

Has anyone looked at 'planets' (or 'stars') in the night sky with a half-decent telescope? Do they look anything at all like NASA is portraying them?

Has anyone ever seen a FULL actual image of earth (taken from 'space'!) that is not a composite made with Photoshop? (even NASA admits they're all composites)


Has anyone ever seen an image of a space station or a space telescope (IN space) that is not computer rendered?

Except maybe for the 'moon landing module', the one with the bottom wrapped in foil... and one may also wonder who was already there (on the moon) to film the landing :confused:


Anyway, looks like the 60s are making a comeback:


And the 90s, too:


From their site:

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I still think terraforming Mars is the best option.Arnold Schwarzenegger already did it in the 80s, in 'Total Recall'. Great guy. Fabulous. It was a huge success. The Venusians paid for it. It's true.


02-23-2017, 09:46 AM
That an image is edited can be said about anything. Everyone fairly intelligent knows that space photos have been altered to make them easier to look at... + normal people can't be asked to read comlicated texts and NASA has just done a simple presentation.

There are plenty of images of the Earth from non-NASA people... so there is no need to wait for those images... they already exist. But if whatever image is shown as proof is instantly claimed as being a hoax... if the level of argument is at that level (which it seems to be in the Flat Earth culuture) then I can use that argument about anything.

I could then just claim that whatever someone else writes is a LIE and everything I write is TRUE, and just repeat this view ad infinitum till it eventually sticks.

Proof of space is comprehensive. Proof that all this proof is a lie amounts to: "it's the Illuminati" (basically)

That is why it is a joke IMO i.e. funny and a tragedy to the art of the debate. But that is just me. :)

Doesn't really bother me... I mean people can think what they like... I do like the discovery of this new "system". That we will move into the cosmos is our destiny, and failure to do so is the real tragedy. I think it's cool and wish I could be there when it happens. If I ever get the money (or opportunity) to go up in space I would without hesitation.