FEBRUARY WRAP UP
February 28, 2017
On February 22, 2017, NASA announced that it’s Spitzer Space Telescope had revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water. The discovery sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone planets found around a single star outside our solar system. All of these seven planets could have liquid water – key to life as we know it – under the right atmospheric conditions, but the chances are highest with the three in the habitable zone.
SpaceX to Send Two Private Citizens around Moon: Elon Musk’s private spaceflight company SpaceX announced on February 27, 2017 that two private citizens to be flown around the moon and back to Earth by late 2018. SpaceX said the daring lunar journey will last “about a week” and travel deeper into space than any human has ventured before. The plan is to use a SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch vehicle and Crew Dragon spacecraft which are in development.