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What we’ve got so far

The Kepler space telescope launched in 2008. It has collected data for more than 300,000 stars and planetary systems through 2018. Some of the discovered planets are somewhat similar to our Earth. There is a chance some of those have the atmosphere.

  • Almost immediately after the launch a group of astronomers reported the first exoplanet discovered by the telescope.
  • Six months later, TESS discovered three planets at a small distance from the star TOI-270. It is a calm star which simplifies the subsequent search for possible traces of life on its planets and satellites.
  • A month later astronomers reported the discovery of several planets around the star GJ-357, the one which is located within the outer boundary of the habitable zone (a zone of space with conditions closest to those our planet is in) and just 31 light-years away from us.
  • In early 2020, using the TESS telescope, scientists discovered an Earth-like planet in the constellation Dorado, potentially habitable and 100 light-years away from Earth.
  • Overall by 2022, the number of exoplanet candidates found amounted to 5210, and 177 of those were already confirmed by observational data from ground-based telescopes.
  • For comparison, the Kepler telescope discovered just over 3,600 exoplanet candidates in its first three years of operation.

How do we speed up the space research?

Looking at the sky through a telescope is far from a profitable sphere. Such work has not paid off currently. Mainly, space research is sponsored by governments for the sake of arms race, and by billionaires for commercial purposes. They also dictate what, where and how to research. There are few independent space laboratories, and they exist on voluntary donations from citizens. However, that’s the laboratories that are interested in the broad exploration of space in the interests of the whole society. Those are the ones who shares their discoveries to the broad public willingly.

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You can take part in this global space research program and feel at the community forefront of explorers of vast cosmos.

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I’m a charity fundraiser and human art advocate. My goal is to have more aesthetics and beauty around all of us.