from Exopolitics Website
This diagram compares our own solar system to Kepler-22,
a star system containing the first "habitable zone" planet
discovered by NASA's Kepler mission.
It's official - an earth-like planet in the habitable region of a distant solar system has just been confirmed to exist.
The planet, Kepler-22b, sits in the so-called Goldilocks region of a solar system where it is neither too hot nor too cold for hosting life as we know it. Scientists associated with NASA's Kepler Space Telescope Project announced the discovery at a Press Conference at the Ames Research Center early on Monday.
The scientific results will be published in the next edition of The Astrophysics Journal.
The announcement takes the scientific community one step closer to announcing that the conditions for life can be found on numerous exoplanets scattered throughout the galaxy.
More importantly, the announcement takes our world one step closer to realizing that extraterrestrial life is not only scientifically feasible, but likely exists throughout our vast galaxy with its more than 300 billion stars. The confirmation of the first habitable exoplanet opens the door to a comprehension discussion of the political and social consequences of the discovery of extraterrestrial life.
Such discussion has been mainly limited
to the field of
exopolitics where researchers have examined claims
that extraterrestrials not only exist, but have been secretly
monitoring our world; and have even been visiting us since the dawn
of the atomic age.
Here is how William Borucki, a principal investigator at NASA Ames Research and team leader for the discovery of Kepler-22b, described the stunning confirmation:
Kepler-22b was included as a
candidate exoplanet soon after the launch of the Kepler Mission in
March 2009. Continued observations have confirmed its existence, and
opened the door to further announcements of exoplanets to be found
in the Goldilocks region of distant solar systems.
The announcement was made at the Kepler Mission's inaugural science conference hosted at Ames from December 5-9.
Here's how NASA described the present tally of exoplanets:
The confirmation of Kepler-22b as the first habitable exoplanet opens the door to the study of the social and political consequences of extraterrestrial life.
Fortunately, some scientific institutions such as the Royal Society have endorsed such an exopolitical discussion. One likely impact of Kepler-22b is that more scientific institutions will follow the lead of the Royal Society.
Eventually, the scientific community
will need to examine the vast evidence accumulated over the last six
decades, that extraterrestrial life is not only real and found
throughout the galaxy, but they have been watching, and even
visiting us, for a very long time.