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Reach for the stars: NASA opens a new “Exoplanet Travel Bureau”

Have you ever wanted to visit another planet? Take a stroll on a world far from home, look up at a sky filled with moons, feel the heat of more than one sun, or relax on the shores of Extraterrestrial River as alien stars twinkle in the strange skies above? Well now you can, thanks to NASA’s brand new exoplanet travel bureau.

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If you’re a real fan of traveling the universe, you’ll no doubt be familiar with the retro travel posters NASA released a while ago. Achingly cool, the posters tell stories of far-away worlds offering exotic, never before seen wonders to intrepid explorers. Well now, NASA wants you to visit the likes of Kepler-186F, Kepler-16b, and Trappist-1e.

Obviously, and somewhat, unfortunately, these visits can only be virtual. NASA has created virtual landscapes for each planet, based on all of the data they’ve gathered so far. On some, they’ve even included an “Add Atmosphere” button to simulate what the planet could look like if it had an atmosphere. These places are so far away, NASA hasn’t been able to figure it out yet.

So if you want to see what it is like on the surface of other planets all you have to do is put on your mobile VR headset, or turn all the lights off and go take a look on your desktop. Definitely worth a trip.

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