No science-fiction, o kidding: one day not so far away from today we could really go skiing on some other planet.
As Snowboard Club Uk reports, NASA has confirmed that it has located a planet that could support skiing. Our planetary system is indeed full of space objects – planets, moons or satellits generally speaking – where frost might be present, or with super-frozn surfaces. this is the very first time, though, NASA goes past simple speculations and maybes to confirm that a planet may have both decent powder and a breathable atmosphere.
It’s Kepler 22b, 600 light years from the Alps and first recorded in 2009, the first planet that NASA has confirmed exists in a ‘habitable zone’ which are the correct distance from their local star to potentially support water and thus snow – along with a suitable temperature and atmosphere to support life.
More than twice as big as our own planet, Kepler 22b orbits its sun every 290 days. Shorter than the Earth’s year, yes, and that might bear another advantage for skiing addicted: it may mean shorter gaps between ski seasons than here on Earth.
Announcement came from Bill Borucki, Kepler principal investigator at NASA Ames Research center. "We have now got good planet confirmation with Kepler 22b," he told reporters. "We are certain that it is in the habitable zone and if it has a surface it ought to have a nice temperature". Well, he somehow failed to mention the likely snow conditions or maximum skiable verticals, but that’s good enough to vamp hopes for interplanetary skiing.
Indeed, in traditional Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy style, SCUK are now busy raising funds to build the huge spaceships necessary to ship all Lycra-clad skiers off to Kepler 22b.