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Stop describing a planet as 'Earth-like' unless it really is

Stop describing a planet as 'Earth-like' unless it really is The discovery of a new, possibly habitable alien planet is always met by media coverage marked by sweeping pronouncements about our place in the universe, and even *gasp* alien life.Above all, journalists chose to refer to Proxima b as an "Earth-like" planet, calling to mind oceans, trees and, for most people reading a general interest publication, advanced life.

There’s an Earthlike planet orbiting our nearest neighbor, Proxima Centauri – but how might we actually get there?

There’s an Earthlike planet orbiting our nearest neighbor, Proxima Centauri  – but how might we actually get there? The existence of a potentially habitable planet  orbiting our closest neighbor, the red dwarf Proxima Centauri, is both an extremely exciting event and sort of “more of the same.Probably not with conventional chemical rockets, is the short, unsatisfying answer.