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In the big, dumb age of Trump, thank god for outer space

In the big, dumb age of Trump, thank god for outer space

When NASA announced the discovery of TRAPPIST-1 yesterday, I felt like running down the street, swinging a wicker basket full of flares and singing show tunes about aliens.

At least three of the seven new planets NASA discovered are the right temperature to sustain life. They’re rocky and could have oceans. They’re about the same size as Earth. One’s bright orange, one’s pea green, and three are, err, Earth color. They’re close to each other. They’re about as dark as Earth at sunset, but warmed with infrared energy. Sounds quite fabulous!

These planets could be home to aliens. Greetings beloved siblings! I dream that one day we will be long-distance pen pals, exchanging...

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