The United States National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) recently announced that its Kepler program has discovered a planet orbiting a star in another galaxy that occupies the ‘habitable zone’, an area just the right distance from a star to permit the existence of liquid water. Liquid water is, of course, believed to be a prerequisite for the development of life. The Kepler spacecraft, launched in 2009 was designed to discover those so-called exoplanets within the habitable zone with earth-like characteristics. Since its launch the Kepler mission has identified 2,326 such planetary candidates.
The latest has been dubbed Kepler-22b and is the smallest planet yet to have been found in the habitable zone of a sun-like star. The planet has a radius measuring about 2.4 times larger than that of earth and scientist are as yet unsure about its composition, whether it is rocky, gaseous or liquid. Still, at 79 million miles from its star, Kepler-22b has an estimated temperature of a balmy 22 degrees C, which means it has the potential for liquid water and, thus, the possibility of containing life.
What might this mean for us here on earth? TJC Global already offers translation and interpreting services in over 180 earth languages, but perhaps we will need to add some extra-terrestrial languages to our repertoire if indeed the Kepler mission continues to find planets with the potential for life. If it sounds a bit like science fiction, it probably is. Even if life exists, Kepler-22b, at 600 light years away, would be rather difficult to contact. In addition, the life-forms might be primitive and unable to speak at all!
For the near future at least, TJC Global will continue providing the life-forms on this planet with high quality translation and interpretation services. Utilising a vast international network of highly qualified native-speakers from a wide variety of backgrounds and specialist areas, we are able to quickly connect people to the languages they require. Whether scientists and engineers working on international space projects, or businesses concerned with making things better here on earth, TJC Global scours the globe, if not yet the galaxy, to find the translation and interpretation service tailored to our clients’ specific needs.