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Dave has written 4 entries about this goal

Gliese 581c

How did I miss this?

Articles about Gliese 581c are dated mid to late April of this year. Still for some reason I’ve only learned about it today.

A habitable planet in a Goldilocks orbit around a red dwarf, 20 light-years away. Practically down the block, astronomically speaking.

The orbit is 13 days, and the planet is 50% bigger than earth, and the estimated mean temperature is between 0 and 40 C. It orbits a red dwarf. I don’t know how fast it’s spinning, or on what axis.

There could be water oceans, but even so the likelihood of there being an entire PLANET of potential space, with a surface area more than twice that of earth, boggles the imagination.

Twenty light-years. Let’s assume we can build something that can go 100 times faster than Voyager 1, or 1/6th light year per year. A small craft could be in orbit in 120 years. Assuming there’s a way to send a message that’ll get back to earth, we could be looking at pictures of it taken by a robotic explorer ship there within 140 years.

Of course, I suppose we should get the hang of managing our own planet before we go traipsing off to colonize a new one. But it’s sort of nice to know there may be a Long Shot species survival scenario open to us, if we really make a mess of things on Earth.

My five year old

Last night my five year old told his mom that he wanted to go into outer space. My wife said that she sure didn’t want to go. My son replied, “that’s ok, Dad will take me!”

Space Colonization

So, I was reading an article on Yahoo! News yesterday about the new images of the seas of Methane on Titan, and I followed a couple of links to this page:


it is truly amazing to me. Got me all inspired to research proper insulation techniques in dense atmosphere. On Titan, a man could fly!


Ever since I was 15 years old, I have wanted to go to the stars, or be involved in the space program. I doubt this goal will ever get checked off, but it’s a real objective that has driven my life from time to time.

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