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article imageA newfound world, possible to sustain life

By Arthelo Palma     Sep 23, 2012 in Science
In the region of Dorado constellation, 50 light years from Earth, researchers found Gliese 163c, orbiting the star Gliese 163, with potential structures and compositions scientists believe could possibly sustain life.
According to the report, Xavier Bonfils, one of the researchers of the recent discovery, confirmed by email:
"There are a wide range of structures and compositions that allow Gliese 163c to be a habitable planet," Xavier Bonfils, of France's Joseph Fourier University-Grenoble, told by email.
However, Bonfils added the possibility there could also be uninhabitable combinations in this planet just like in the case of Kepler-22b, Gliese 667Cc, HD 85512b as other potential habitable alien worlds cannot be overlooked. The newly-found Gliese 163c, which is seven times the mass of our blue planet, has been ranked fifth by the Planetary Habitability Laboratory (PHL) at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo as a good candidate to host life.
PHL ranks planets’ habitability according to their masses, diameters and temperatures with high comparability to earth’s.
Abel Mendez of PHL suggested:
One scenario for Gliese 163c might include a balmy ocean with an atmosphere 10 times as dense as Earth's. The global ocean might slosh beneath a pink, cloud-covered sky. At around 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius), the temperature would be too hot for prolonged human exposure or complex plants or animals, but some microbes could tolerate it.
But it's also possible that Gliese 163c is too hot for even those hardy life forms to exist.
From a report, Bonfils cleared:
"We do not know for sure that it is a terrestrial planet. Planets of that mass regime can be terrestrial, ocean, or Neptune-like planets."
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), continues to be motivated with its quest to search for the truth about the cosmos. Lately, it sends proofs of its landing on Mars, which brings an implication that with the advancement of technology, it would not be impossible for the humanity to amplify exploration of the Universe soon and discover habitable planets, which could extend outside the solar system and beyond the milky way galaxy.
China has just entered into a space program and Russia was even rumored with its space exploration plan until 2030.
Indeed, the Universe is so vast with many things left for the humanity to unravel, including habitable planets.
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