Twitter Goes Crazy for Earth 2.0

Artist's concept compares Earth to Kepler 452-b (Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle)

Artist’s concept compares Earth to Kepler 452-b. (Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle)

If you’ve been absent from the Internet for the past 24 hours or so, you may have missed the most exciting news all week and possibly all year. NASA might have found another Earth. More specifically, their Kepler program found a near-earth-size planet orbiting a star that’s very similar to our sun in its habitable zone. That means there’s a chance it contains water and could support life. As NASA administrator John Grunsfeld said in a press release, “This exciting result brings us one step closer to finding an Earth 2.0.”

That phrase sparked Twitter’s collective imagination. People began speculating about all the ways this upgrade would improve upon the original.

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That… is actually true. So, when’s the next shuttle?

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They’ve probably already played Shenmue 3, too.

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And of course, rather than patch the original version, Earth’s developers make us buy the sequel to get these features.

That’s another theme that emerged: Predicting all the technical problems that are bound to arise with Earth 2.0.
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Come to think of it, Earth does seem to be running slower lately. Conveniently right around the time Earth 2.0 is announced. Would it really surprise anyone if the universe turned out to be an Apple product?

In any case, a larger and older (but new to us) Earth is way more exciting than this boring one we’ve had for the last 4.5 billion years.
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And we’re apparently not the only one who thinks so.
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Well…
earth 2.0

But wait a minute…wasn’t there another planet we were all obsessed with recently? Could’ve sworn there was something in the news…
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Nope, nothing coming to mind. Oh well, on to Earth 2.0! Twitter Goes Crazy for Earth 2.0