My knowledge of space travel/space travel history consists of the following hit song from Disney Channel's Even Stevens, Influenza: The Musical—
"We went to the moon in 1969/ Um, not 1968, but a year later/ We went to the moon in 1969/ That's when the astronauts first walked inside a crater/ We went to the moon in 1969/ Not 1970 but a year sooner/ We went to the moon in 1969/ That's when they made a landing that was lunar/ We didn't go up to the sun or stars/ We didn't go to Mercury or Mars"
I found the full episode, you can watch it HERE, you're welcome.
Now that I've completely deviated, I'll get back to the actual matter on hand. NASA has unveiled four-years worth of date from the Kepler Space Telescope. The results, according to NBC News are quite incredible and have been making huge waves both in the media, and space exploration circuits —"Kepler has discovered 219 new candidates since NASA's last data unveiling, including 10 near-Earth-size planet candidates in the so-called habitable zone around their stars where the conditions are just right for liquid water to exist on a planet's surface — a key feature in the search for habitable worlds."
Ultimately, this reiterates (for what's hopefully the final time) that we are far less alone in this galaxy than we allow ourselves to believe, if not as physical beings than at the very least in geography.
"It feels a bit like the end of an era, but actually I see it as a new beginning," Thompson said (a Kepler research scientist). 'It's amazing the things that Kepler has found. It has shown us these terrestrial worlds, and we still have all this work to do to really understand how common Earths are in the galaxy."
To read the full article, head HERE.