Special Episode: TRAPPIST-1 System Announcement!

An artist's rendering of the Trappist-1 system, including Trappist b, c, d, e, f, g, and h planetoid objects.

A size comparison of the planets of the TRAPPIST-1 system, lined up in order of increasing distance from their host star. The planetary surfaces are portrayed with an artist’s impression of their potential surface features, including water, ice, and atmospheres. (Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Special Episode: TRAPPIST-1 System Announcement!

This illustration shows the possible surface of TRAPPIST-1f, one of the newly discovered planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system. Scientists using the Spitzer Space Telescope and ground-based telescopes have discovered that there are seven Earth-size planets in the system. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech
This illustration shows the possible surface of TRAPPIST-1f, one of the newly discovered planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system. Scientists using the Spitzer Space Telescope and ground-based telescopes have discovered that there are seven Earth-size planets in the system.
(Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

In this special episode, Amy discusses the latest news about the TRAPPIST-1 system from the NASA press conference earlier that day. She also discusses what it might take to get us there, versus the current technology we possess for potential deep space travel, timelines, and other options.

 

Amy and listeners also delve into scenarios presented to us through science fiction for first contact with an intelligent species outside of Earth, and the idea of generational ships laying in a course for other nearby, potentially habitable systems.

To listen to the episode in full, access it in the archives!