DigitalCoffee: So what would be the practical use of any such find?
doglover: You mean science journalism is pandering bullshiat? Ya don't say.
T-Boy: Why don't we just send some people to some of these planets and they can report back whether they are habitable
Cyno01: Well yeah, no shiat, Venus and Mars are "Earth like" planets, but you wouldnt want to live there.
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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