7 ways you can’t check out planets beyond Earth

From a 14th-century cathedral to Google’s recent heliocentral chart, we spend countless hours exploring the surface of the sun. However, despite our efforts to explore space, few people have ever truly touched the surface of another star, and even fewer have actually seen a planet.

In celebration of International Astronomy Day — marked on Wednesday — a scientific poll by the World Association of the Study of the Universe showed that almost 8 in 10 people want to know if there are other planets outside our solar system.

Most people (81 percent) said they would like to travel to these other worlds (or consider doing so). Only 19 percent said they would like to live on a planet other than Earth and 23 percent said they would like to watch people take a walk on Earth’s surface.

The globe-circling ship might be popular among scientists, but the Hubble Space Telescope, which has gathered mind-boggling data about exoplanets, or planets outside our solar system, is not. With an average life span of less than 40 years, NASA’s flagship space telescope is no longer in operation. There are plenty of answers out there. And in this video, Tom Lehmann joins Cosmic Engines to show how Earth is strikingly different from many other planetary bodies.

Check out the video for more information about Earth’s other planets, including Pluto, Neptune and other distant, Earth-like worlds beyond our solar system.

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