Wednesday, October 16, 2019

'There is No Planet B' Reminder

Swiss Nobel laureate Michel Mayor (left) said last Wednesday that humans will never migrate to a planet outside of Earth's solar system because it would take far too long to get there.

Mayor and his colleague Didier Queloz were on Tuesday awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics for their research refining techniques to detect so-called exoplanets. 

"These planets are much, much too far away. Even in the very optimistic case of a livable planet that is not too far, say a few dozen light years, which is not a lot, it's in the neighborhood, the time to go there is considerable", he added. 

"We are talking about hundreds of millions of days using the means we have available today. We must take care of our planet, it is very beautiful and still absolutely livable". 

The 77-year-old said he felt the need to "kill all the statements that say 'OK, we will go to a livable planet if one day life is not possible on earth'". 

Yes, I got it! And he added: "It's completely crazy". 

Using custom-made instruments at their observatory in southern France, Mayor and Queloz in October 1995 discovered what had previously only existed in the realm of science fiction—a planet outside Earth's solar system.

Mayor was a professor at Switzerland's Geneva University and Queloz was his doctorate student, when they made the discovery which started a revolution in astronomy. Since then over 4,000 exoplanets have been found in our home galaxy. 

Mayor said it was up to the "next generation" to answer the question of whether there is life on other planets. 

You never know, there may just be alternate Earths somewhere out there in the far reaches of outer space – I read far too many Marvel and DC comics and so, I am a believer! 

Thor, Superman, Silver Surfer, Martian Manhunter, The Autobots, The Green Lantern Corps, Saiyans and Venom  these are the notable comic book characters right off the top of my head who are aliens.   

But back to reality! As of now, there is no Planet B! STOP KILLING EARTH!

Yesterday, I was at the Bangsar Toastmasters meeting – where I was a project speaker as well as Table Topics evaluator. 

I did a CC#5 speech titled What Me Worry? 

My evaluator is an interesting fellow, Andrew Chadbourne – he was as animated as I was! And his evaluation was good too! I am giving him a thumbs-up!

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