There is no planet quite like our beloved planet earth. After all, it is the only planet in the solar system that is capable at this point in time to support life as we know it – and even if we were to be able to colonize the likes of Mars eventually, it will still be very different from earth since there is a need to create an environment that is suitable for humans to move around and breathe without requiring any special apparatus. The European Space Agency has hopes of discovering a new “earth”, where the PLATO (Planetary Transits and Oscillations of Stars) project intends to place more than 30 telescopes in space so that these telescopes will get to work, scanning millions of stars in the process. The reason for doing so? To look for another earth-like planet in another galaxy which has a close resemblance to our solar system.
PLATO itself will be equipped with up to 34 telescopes that has cameras which will be able to cover a wider area for a longer period of time. Not only that, thanks to PLATO’s wider views, it might assist astronomers in located such an earth-like planet. Do you think it will be successful eventually?