NASA Is Launching Its New Exoplanet Hunter, And You Should Be Excited

NASA Is Launching Its New Exoplanet Hunter, And You Should Be Excited

Are aliens real? Are we alone? TESS is NASA's new experiment to begin to figure out our biggest questions.
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Space travel has always seemed to be the epitome of the future: humans being able to travel from galaxy to galaxy alike our favorite characters in Star Wars, having intergalactic battles like in Star Trek and discovering new worlds beyond Earth that holds life. Space is truly the final frontier, and now, understanding its expansion and extent will finally no longer be a goal of the future but a thing of today.

NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, is launching a new mission with a satellite, coined "TESS," according to its recent public announcement, whose goal is to scour the universe in search of new planets and life. More specifically, TESS will hopefully be able to find other planets that orbit around stars like Earth and study their composition to determine whether or not they may be able to support life or not.

Personally, I feel that TESS will not only be highly successful, but could change what we know of humans and our existence in the long run. It was always been highly debatable whether or not "aliens" do exist, but with TESS's help and NASA's new technology for space exploration, I find it highly likely that there must be another world, life, in the universe besides us on Earth and we're closer than ever on finding it.

NASA has already previously launched a satellite, KEPLER, in 2009 whose goal was to just be sent deep in space to find as many exoplanets, planets outside our solar system, as possible. KEPLER was also highly successful, adding to NASA's list of discovered and known planets that has almost reached a membership of 4,000 planets. Within this 4,000 it's estimated that almost 50 seem to hold the criteria for human life.

With this scientific information brought to light, and understanding of our world's functioning, it simply seems improbable that Earth would be the only planet capable of life when others contained the same needed characteristics. With this hope in mind, that we aren't alone in the universe, TESS comes in as a replacement to KEPLER to finally be able to discover and further develop our understanding of these mock-Earths. Finally, we can begin a new wave of discovery that goes beyond existence to sustainability of life.

For some, this is amazing news! A new step for humanity to take to change the future and how we see the universe and our role in it. No longer are we afraid of space, its vastness and mysteries, but intrigued by its composition of other planets like us. For scientists, this raises the potential hope of being able to occupy and/or visit such planets one day, given the crises of today, including overpopulation, massive pollution of the environment and global warming.

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Every day, more trash is placed in our oceans, more trees are cut down for industry and more humans are born, affecting global population and our long term sustainability at the rate we are consuming. TESS could be the first step to the migration and saving of humankind in our dying world.

However, just as this may seem amazing, knowledge of other species being in the universe sounds just as terrible and frightening, for others. They are almost always perceived as monsters or kidnappers who preform experiments on the human race, which only drives up the fear factor between humans and the possibility of finding life in space. In fact, aliens have become the most famous conspiracy theories, with its mysterious factor drenched in a sense of fear due to their unknown.

But is it more scary knowing we're alone, or that others exist beyond us?

Whether or not we can come to a conclusion on our stance with foreign bodies, TESS will be known as the newest scientific breakthrough of our generation: now being launched and will be able to scour space for the next hundred years for new Earths and life. More importantly, humans will finally be able to know and understand the vastness of our universe, how unique of a dot we are in it and where the future of humanity may go.

Cover Image Credit: Pixabay/ NASA-Images

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9 Reasons You're Still In Love With Tim Riggins In 2019

Clear eyes. Full hearts.
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If you're a Friday Night Lights fan, you know very well who Tim Riggins is. And if you've never seen the show, he's basically just the bad boy football star and sensitive hottie of your dreams, all wrapped into one heart-throbbing package. If you haven't already fallen under the Tim Riggins spell, you're about to...


1. He's the star running back of the Dillon Panthers.

Basically every girl who has walked this earth has fantasized about having that cliche football relationship. No shame. #33 on the field, #1 in my heart.

2. He's actually really sensitive.

Tim Riggins may seem hard and dysfunctional on the outside, but he's really just a big softie. He's no JD McCoy, who grew up lavishly and extremely fortunate; Tim had a rough upbringing. He and his brother, Billy, had to work hard all by themselves just to stay above water, which is most likely what keeps him so grounded and humbled.

3. He loves kids.

Tim didn't even think twice about taking his neighbor under his wing when he moved in next door. And for some reason, there's just somethin' about cute boys holding babies that makes us girls swoon.

4. He's genuine and honest.

Sure, maybe he took advantage of his football-star status and slept with most of the rally girls, but once he fell in love with Lyla we saw his compassionate side. (You probably envied Lyla and maybe even hated her for a while because of it...I know I did.)

5. He knows how to have a good time.

It's 5 o'clock somewhere.

6. He's a family man.

Tim took the blame for his brother's crime and went to prison for it...if that's not loyalty then I don't know what is.

7. He's affectionate.

If you either hate Lyla or you want to be Lyla or a combination of the both, you are not alone.

8. He's protective.

Probably the only time you've ever wanted to be in a tornado was when you watched the episode where he shielded Julie from flying debris.

9. He's beautiful.

You're welcome for blessing you with this GIF.

May you all find your own Tim Riggins. Amen.

Cover Image Credit: whereshewanders.com

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8 Simple But Magical Things To Do

These simple things can bring magic into your life.

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Everyone goes through stages of life where they are bored. Nothing seems to makes sense and every where that you look is another pointless task waiting for you. To spark up your life and make it a little less boring, try these super simple eight things that will surely make your life more magical.

1. Dance in the rain

If you are ever having a bad day and sky matches how you're feeling, I encourage you to go outside and dance. It sounds silly and you may look stupid, but there is something about dancing under the storm clouds with the rain falling all around and on you that silences the depressing thoughts. If you are bored and in need of excitement just go outside and dance. Watch your movements transform your mood and life.

2. Look at the stars from a roof top

Stars have always held a special place in my heart. Some night I have found myself staying up late just so that way I could see them. I would curse the clouds if they ever got in the way of me and the stars. Stars are beautiful. They are proof that something greater-- something not of the world exists. Call it what you want, but laying on a rooftop watching the stars is something that everyone should take the time for.

3. Kiss a stranger

There have been so many times that I have struck up a conversation with a person I did not know and instantly fell in love with who they were and what they had to say. There is something about kissing someone you hardly know that lights your entire world up. It's magical. If you are ever given the opportunity, kiss that person you fell in love with two seconds ago. (if it is mutual of course).

4. Run through a field of flowers

When I say run I mean full out sprint as fast as you possibly can. Find a flower field and then take off. For a few seconds, pretend the world is yours. Pretend that you are the only person on earth. It's just you and the flowers. It sounds dumb and probably gross, but I promise you that the feeling you get when you do this is worth you being out of breath for a few seconds afterwards.

5. Swim in a waterfall

Hike up a mountain and find a waterfall. Then, swim in it. Let the water cleanse you. I have always found the most life and magic in water, but nothing compares to that of a natural waterfall that God gifted into nature. If you ever see one and have the time, swim in it. Take all of the people you care about or keep it to yourself, but swim in it. It will change the way you see the world.

6. Hold a baby

The most magical thing in life is innocence and nothing is more innocent than a baby. Babies are proof that there is good to be found in a world of constant chaos and tragedy. If you ever want to feel better almost instantly, hold a baby. Listen to their sweet giggles and watch as their little finger curl around one of yours. Babies contain the magic of life that so many miss.

7. Sing to the trees

By sing, it can be an actual song or a little hum. Just make a noise to them as they sway in the wind. Sing with the birds and listen as the voice of nature reveals itself to you in return for your music. Trees contain a source of life from God and maybe, just maybe as you are singing God will allow you to see the life he gives them.

8. Scream at the top of a mountain

If you are ever frustrated and can not shake the feeling off, go to the top of a mountain or to the highest place you can reach. Then, scream. Scream as loud as you can until you can not scream any longer. Release your anger and frustration. Let the whole world hear it. You will feel better, I swear it.

I strongly suggest trying these 8 things out!

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