We call it ‘our’ planet. But who are we to call it ours? As a species we got very lucky during evolution and are now intelligent enough to call this place ‘Planet Earth, Our Home World’. We are not the only intelligent species on Earth though, there are a lot of species that call this planet home and maybe even species that we have yet to discover. Earth is round in shape (sorry #flatearthers haha) and it orbits the sun. Planet Earth’s distance is far enough from the sun not to burn and close enough not to freeze. Our planet is in the ‘habitable zone’ of our star and there’s plenty of water on the planet’s surface to sustain life.
On March 7, 2009 Nasa launched the Kepler satellite. Set to discover Earth-size planets that are in the habitable zone of their own star. On this day they have already found and confirmed the existence of 3706 exoplanets! Knowing this makes me wonder how many other intelligent life forms are out there. If we can exist on this planet, other intelligent species could very well exist on exoplanets that are ‘Earth-like and size’, don’t you think?
Alright, back to our own planet, Earth. Earth is covered with water for over 70 percent, yet we have only discovered 5 percent of the oceans total surface. Only 5 percent? Yeah something like that… xD, maybe a little more now, I don’t know. Isn’t that strange? We as a species are looking for other planets, outside our solar system, but we haven’t even discovered our own planet fully yet! What if the ocean homes more life than we could ever imagine? Species that we have never encountered before because 95 percent of the total ocean surface stays unexplored..
So we haven’t yet fully discovered Earth, but are already looking for other planets that are Earth-like. Cool Stuff. But shouldn’t we take a closer look to our own planet first? Or are they desperately looking for a planet that we could travel towards when Earth becomes uninhabitable? I mean, we humans don’t treat Earth with the respect it deserves. There’s way too much pollution and we are draining the earth’s natural resources like crazy.
About looking for other planets that we as a species could live on: NASA is already training Astronauts to fly to Mars, a one way ticket, and build a permanent human establishment there. The start of human civilization on Mars is coming closer and is not fiction, they are actually going to do this. The mission is called ‘Mars One’ and it’s aim is not just to visit Mars, but to live, explore and create a second home for us humans. It won’t be long before humankind will be a multi-planetary species. ‘Great we’ll have another planet to destroy before we have to figure out how to travel at the speed of light so that we can visit other galaxies around the universe!’
What are your thoughts on this subject? Leave a comment below! I find it really fascinating and can think about this sort of stuff all day long. I Hope you enjoyed reading this post!
– Bandit out 🙂