Finding a New Home—Very, Very Far from Home
It’s not exactly close—1,000 light years or more—but scientists working with NASA have found a neighborhood that humans might conceivably be able to inhabit. Among the team that identified the two Earth-like planets orbiting the star Kepler 62 is Justin Crepp ’02.
Crepp, now an assistant professor of physics at Notre Dame, is one of the scientists whose work helped identify a pair of planets whose location appears suitable for liquid water—necessary for sustaining life as we know it. Crepp told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the hunt for such planets is “the holy grail” of his field; you can read more about it in this front-page story from today’s New York Times, as well.
Ryan Jones, senior editor