Fascinating news from that great realm of human discovery,
LONDON (Reuters) – Astronomers said on Wednesday they had discovered the best evidence yet of water outside our own solar system — in the atmosphere of a giant planet 60 light years from Earth.
Writing in the scientific journal Nature, researchers said the planet itself, HD 189733b, was unlikely to harbor life but evidence supported the search for life in other solar systems.
“We’re thrilled to have identified clear signs of water on a planet that is trillions of miles away,” Giovanna Tinetti, a European Space Agency fellow at the Institute d’Astrophysique de Paris in France who led the study, was quoted as saying in an accompanying news release.
And, you know, according to famed exobiologist (and former Vice-President, even if he didn’t try to hide most of his actions from the American people, and never shot a friend on a hunting trip) Dan Quayle, speaking on the subject of Mars:
We have seen pictures where there are canals, we believe, and water. If there is water, that means there is oxygen. If oxygen, that means we can breathe.”
Alas, the memorably named HD 189733b is a little farther away than the red planet, so we had better get to work on those faster-than-light drives right away! Perhaps instead of the X Prize for private space research, we need a >C Prize.