The excitement of the KEPLER-452b super earth discovery hides the fact that humans will never set a foot on KEPLER-452b and not even a spacecraft can get there.
Yesterday NASA made a huge splash with the announcement of a new exoplanet Kepler-452b.
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Kepler-452b is the first near-Earth-size world to be found in the habitable zone of star that is similar to our sun. The habitable zone is a region around a star where temperatures are right for water to pool on the surface.
The planet is a so called Super Earth as its 60% bigger than Earth.
While the discovery is sensational, the Kepler-452 system is in deep space located 1,400 light-years away from earth. There is no way to reach Kepler-452b with current space travel technology.
A spacecraft would need to travel 8,120 trillion miles to reach Kepler-452b. The fastest spacecraft humans built reaches speeds of 157,000 miles per hour, but only because of the gravity of the sun in their flight path.
Assuming a spacecraft could travel with a speed of 157,000 mph to Kepler-452b. It would take the spacecraft 5.95 million years to reach Kepler-452b.
NASA's New Horizons needed 9 years to reach Pluto. The dwarf planet is though "only" 7 Light hours (4.67 billion miles) away from earth.
Unless NASA develops Star Trek's Warp drive, Earth 2.0 is unreachable. This means we are stuck with what we have and we need to take care of earth as there is no other.
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More Kepler-452b details.