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    A landmark discovery has just been announced by NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, TESS, launched in 2018 and tasked with seeking out planets outside of our solar system that could support life.

    NASA's planet-hunting mission TESS, launched in 2018, confirmed it has spotted the first potentially habitable exoplanet orbiting a star about 100 light-years from Earth.

    ​The findings were announced by the agency at the a meeting of the American Astronomical Society on 6 January in Honolulu.

    Known as TOI 700 d, the planet is one of three orbiting a small, dwarf star in the Dorado constellation, and happens to be at just the right distance to support liquid water on the surface in the star's habitable zone.

    The newfound planet is one of a select few potentially habitable planets discovered outside of our solar system. It also happens to be the size of Earth.

    Once the news hit the headlines, it generated a swathe of memes and comments on social media.

    ​Many jokingly wondered when “one could move”.

    ​Some netizens managed to put a political twist on it.

    ​Others hit social media to lament that the newfound planet would be yet another one for mankind to destroy.

    ​Still others put a damper on things, referring to basic scientific facts.


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