Quantum Apostrophe: Damn, I had my 3D printer all packed up, some energy bars and bottled water. I was sure that private space was going to get me, nay, the entire species, off this rock? There aren't hundreds of other mud balls out there within easy reach, like so many Walmarts packed with stuff?You mean low earth orbit is *it* for the richest people on Earth, and the rest of us will just have to somehow survive on this rock?Oh no!
nmrsnr: So the question now is: is this really a misperception that people have, or is it a mistake the journalist made up so that he can sound smart by correcting it?
dennysgod: in layman's terms Jupiter-like and Earth-like. So it stands to reason that any rocky exo-planet would be called Earth-like since that what we call our rocky planets.
T-Boy: Why don't we just send some people to some of these planets and they can report back whether they are habitable
doglover: You mean science journalism is pandering bullshiat? Ya don't say.
nmrsnr: Okay, I have a background in astronomy, so my sense of what the common perception of things is is skewed, but did people actually think that "potentially habitable planet" mean a place you would visit on vacation? All of the accounts I've read have made a point of saying that they are 2-5 times the mass of Earth, and while we have no idea what kind of atmosphere it would have, would very likely not be compatible with us, because we evolved very specifically for our atmosphere.
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