Is there life on other planets? That question may be answered in the next several years. Astronomers have discovered seven earth-like planets that circle a tiny star about 39 light years away. The planets are at the right distance from the star to possibly sustain life. In 2018, after the launch of a new telescope, scientists will be able to learn more about the atmospheres of these planets. See this article from Science magazine for more.
Seen from space, it’s much easier to realize how beautiful but fragile our Earth is. Here is a transcript of a 2011 conversation between astronauts of the International Space Station and Pope Benedict XVI.