"Captain, scanners detect an M-class planet"

Kepler 22-b

Remember in Star Trek when the operations officer (usually Commander Data) was scanning for "M-class" planets? Well, it looks like we mere humans of the 21st century don't need a galaxy-class starship to do the same. This monstrosity (about 2 and a half times the size of Earth) was just discovered recently, and has temperatures inhabitable by humans. The downside is it happens to be 600 light years away from our species.

If you ask me, the obvious next step is a spaceship that flies at 60-light- years/hour.

Get the details on bbc.com.

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