Humans Will Never Live on An Exoplanet, Nobel Laureate Says. Here's Why. - Michel Mayor in an attempt to ruin your day and your dreams

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Humans Will Never Live on An Exoplanet, Nobel Laureate Says. Here's Why.

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Here's the reality: We're messing up the Earth and any far-out ideas of colonizing another orb when we're done with our own are wishful thinking. That's according to Michel Mayor, an astrophysicist who was a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in physics this year for discovering the first planet orbiting a sun-like star outside of our solar system.
"If we are talking about exoplanets, things should be clear: We will not migrate there," he told Agence France-Presse (AFP). He 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.'"

All of the known exoplanets, or planets outside of our solar system, are too far away to feasibly travel to, he said. "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 neighbourhood, the time to go there is considerable," he added.

Mayor shared half of the Nobel Prize this year along with Didier Queloz for discovering the first exoplanet in October 1995. Using novel instruments at the Haute-Provence Observatory in southern France, they detected a gas giant similar to Jupiter, which they named 51 Pegasi b. (The other half of the prize was awarded to James Peebles of Princeton University for his work in dark matter and dark energy).

Since then, over 4,000 other exoplanets have been found in the Milky Way, but apparently, none of them can be feasibly reached.
Stephen Kane, a professor of planetary astrophysics at the University of California in Riverside, agrees with Mayor. "The sad reality is that, at this point in human history, all stars are effectively at a distance of infinity," Kane told Live Science. "We struggle very hard as a species to reach the Earth's moon."

We might be able to send people to Mars in the next 50 years, but "I would be very surprised if humanity made it to the orbit of Jupiter within the next few centuries," he said. Since the distance to the nearest star outside of our solar system is about 70,000 times greater than the distance to Jupiter, "all stars are effectively out of reach."

Well, you might say, plenty of things seemed out of reach until we reached them, such as sending aircraft on intercontinental flights. But "in this case, the required physics to reach the stars, if it exists, is not known to us and it would require a fundamental change in our understanding of the relationship between mass, acceleration and energy."
"So that's where we stand, firmly on the Earth, and unlikely to change for a very, very long time," he said.

Mayor told the AFP: "We must take care of our planet, it is very beautiful and still absolutely livable."

Andrew Fraknoi, emeritus chair of the astronomy department at Foothill College in California agreed that we won't be able to travel to these stars in the near future. But "I would never say we can never reach the stars and possible habitable planets," he said. "Who knows how our technology will evolve after another million years of evolution."

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Do you share his pessimism?​
 

Vecr

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I think this dude is wrong, as you could just send human embryos and robots to grow them, though we don't currently have the tech to do that.

With our current tech we could send a probe that would get to an exoplanet in a century or so.
 

Manwithn0n0men

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We might be able to send people to Mars in the next 50 years, but "I would be very surprised if humanity made it to the orbit of Jupiter within the next few centuries," he said. Since the distance to the nearest star outside of our solar system is about 70,000 times greater than the distance to Jupiter, "all stars are effectively out of reach."
We could send people to Mars today. We literally have the technology

It might maybe take us 50 years to be able to fart around in Jupiter

All of the known exoplanets, or planets outside of our solar system, are too far away to feasibly travel to, he said. "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 neighbourhood, the time to go there is considerable," he added.
Duh? And?
 

Cedric_Eff

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I think this dude is wrong, as you could just send human embryos and robots to grow them, though we don't currently have the tech to do that.

With our current tech we could send a probe that would get to an exoplanet in a century or so.
The writer is fucking French, the same people that wrote Planet of the Apes, what do you expect?
 

Manwithn0n0men

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And, Mr Nobel Laureate is actually kind of a mono-tasked autist, and doesn't really know shit-from-shinola, outside his specialty.
Like there ARE people who if you tell them

"Bro: you and 3-4 generations of your descendants are going to go into outer space but to be the first humans to set foot on and settle an exoplanet."

Do those people have the necessary skills? Thats a smaller pool. Do they have the necessary health to do so? Also a smaller pool. Cost of building the ship is an issue. And some of the things we can do today (Solar sails and Stelazers) arent ready for prime time YET. But 50-100 years they will likely be
 

Duke Nukem

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This is probably one of those times that's going to turn around and bite this guy in the ass. It belongs in the same category as "everything that can be invented has been invented" and "why would anyone want a computer in their home."

Someday, like those poorly aged quotes above, he's going to get laughed out of the room.
 

Coldgrip

Dragon Kick your ass into the Milky Way.
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This is probably one of those times that's going to turn around and bite this guy in the ass. It belongs in the same category as "everything that can be invented has been invented" and "why would anyone want a computer in their home."

Someday, like those poorly aged quotes above, he's going to get laughed out of the room.
If it's one thing that humanity has going for it, it's the ability to do otherwise impossible shit out of spite.
 

Duke Nukem

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If it's one thing that humanity has going for it, it's the ability to do otherwise impossible shit out of spite.
That probably explains most lolcows, honestly.

For someone convinced of his own intellectual superiority, he sure doesn't understand that technology has a way of making things previously thought impossible within reach.
 
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