Earlier today NASA announced that they discovered the most Earth-like planet to date. Hubs and I are closet space/sci-fi nerds and watched excitedly as the story played on the news tonight. After the story he posed the hypotheitcal question "If they found out that this planet could support life and NASA asked for volunteers to go there and start a colony, would you go?" We discussed the pros and cons of going and ultimately decided that we probably would. We decided that we don't really have many ties here on Earth so we'd be good candidates. I mean, how cool would it be to go and start a new civilization on a planet that is 1400 light years away?
A little bit later hubs said "you know, I don't think NASA would choose us to go and live on Kepler-425b." I asked why. He said "reproduction is essential for species survival and we can't do that." Oh yeah. That. I suppose we wouldn't be good candidates. Their loss. I guess we'll just stay here on Earth.
At least we can have our ashes blasted into space when we die, so the dream of going to space is still alive (even if we won't be)!