NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star.This artist’s concept allows us to imagine what it would be like to stand on the surface of the exoplanet TRAPPIST-1f, located in the TRAPPIST-1 system in the constellation Aquarius.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) released the following statement today on NASA’s discovery of the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star, three of which are in the habitable zone.

Public imagination

Chairman Smith: “Space discoveries have long captured the public’s imagination, and NASA’s discoveries like the one today continue to inspire us to explore beyond the boundaries of today,” Smith said.

“The discovery of seven Earth-size planets offers information from uncharted territory that will aid in scientific analysis. As these discoveries continue, we aim to put the United States back on top as a first rate space pioneer. My colleagues and I will ensure that NASA has the tools, resources, and guidance necessary to build upon these new developments and chart new courses space exploration for the next generation,” chairman Smith advised.

Bill in transition

The U.S. Senate recently passed the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017 which builds upon years of work by the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

“I look forward to seeing this bill pass the House quickly and move to the President’s desk for signature to unlock the mysteries of space as President Trump said in his inaugural address,” Smith concluded.


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