According to the researchers, the new discoveries will allow us to expand our habitat in the future.
Chinese astronomers are preparing a new project to “expand the living space in the universe” of humans.
Scientists have submitted a proposal for a space project called the Closeby Habitable Exoplanet Survey (CHES).
With this project, the Chinese Space Agency will study the sky with a space telescope to find another planet where humans can live.
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The telescope will be deployed to the L2 point, 1.5 million kilometers from Earth. This means that the vehicle will be 4 times farther from the planet than the Moon.
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, launched in December 2021, was also deployed in the same area.
Here, the CHES telescope will study about 100 Sun-like stars 32 light-years away.
The team that proposed the project hopes to find about 50 Earth-like exoplanets in the habitable zone orbiting these stars.
The team set these goals taking into account the results of preliminary research for the project.
If successful, the project will be the first space mission designed to search for habitable Earth-like planets about 32 light-years from Earth.
According to Ji Jianghui, principal investigator on the CHES mission, the project will provide answers to questions about the Solar System.
“These studies will ultimately answer questions such as ‘Is our solar system special?’, ‘Are we unique in the universe?'”
The discovery of nearby habitable planets will be a major breakthrough for humanity and will also allow humans to visit these Earth-like objects and expand their habitat in the future.