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Mission Could Seek Out Spock's Home Planet

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the green-blooded-sticks-in-the-mud-await dept.

Sci-Fi 173

An anonymous reader wrote with a link to the official Planet Quest site. Planet Quest has the goal of exploring the galaxy via sophisticated instrumentation for another habitable planet. NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab is working to plan out missions for the project, and researchers are now theorizing that the instruments may be able to explore the system of 40 Eridani. Hardcore Trek fans may know 40 Eridani as the star associated with the planet Vulcan. "The SIM PlanetQuest instrument will be so accurate, it could measure the thickness of a nickel at a distance from Earth to the moon. Using a set of mathematical models based on Newton's Laws, Tanner was able to conclude that SIM would be able to definitively determine whether there is an Earth-mass planet orbiting in the habitable zone around 40 Eridani A, and could also determine its orbit. This is quite an exciting prospect, since NASA's Terrestrial Planet Finder mission, planned for launch after SIM, would not only be able to take a rudimentary 'picture' of the planet, but also could search for signatures of life such as methane and ozone."

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Is this SETI 2.0? (1)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 7 years ago | (#19090949)

Wonder how long before the marketing boys start calling it that.

meh (4, Funny)

game kid (805301) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091161)

I'm hoping for CETI 5.0 (alpha) [wikipedia.org] personally.

Re:meh (2, Funny)

croddy (659025) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091253)

No! On CETI Alpha 5 there was life! A fair chance!

Re:meh (1)

Schemat1c (464768) | more than 7 years ago | (#19092603)

This IS CETI Alpha Five!

lol (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19090953)

Star Trek nerds, lol. Your hobby is the cause of your virginity.

Re:lol (1)

Tuoqui (1091447) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091163)

Obviously they're hoping to find hot green alien chicks to have sex with to help cure their virginity

Re:lol (2, Insightful)

cp.tar (871488) | more than 7 years ago | (#19092103)

Not green.

Green-blooded.

Re:lol (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19092405)

No GREEN, as in Orion Slave Girls.

Re:lol (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19091641)

Tell that to your flip phone, the talking nav system in your car, your iPod, your flat-screen TV, all of that cool medical imaging equipment at the hospital that saved your various family member's lives and to the systems that helped to develop the heart pacemaker, for openers.

Star Trek helped DEFINE cool for you non geeks.

Without Star Trek, many of the scientists who developed those pieces of equipment never would have even gone INTO science and the vast majority of those cool gadgets YOU rely on to get laid with wouldn't even exist and you would have to rely on your complete lack of charm to try to be a success with women.

To paraphrase William Shatner: "Get A CLUE!"

Re:lol (1, Offtopic)

symes (835608) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091863)

The SIM PlanetQuest instrument will be so accurate, it could measure the thickness of a nickel at a distance from Earth to the moon.

This is quite an exciting prospect
"quite"?! This is seriously cool... I'm no expert in such things but I am totally amazed by the ability of people to put together such a project. This is the real world, not science *fiction*. Hats off to them and I seriously hope they log into /. to fill us in on their progress.

Re:lol (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19091777)

Star Trek nerds, lol. Your hobby is the cause of your virginity.

Neither my wife or I are virgins.

Re:lol (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19091881)

Why is this modded "funny" and not "troll"?

*eyebrow raise* (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19090971)

fascinating...

Pssst..... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19090985)

Pssst.......Spock is make believe ;)

Re:Pssst..... (1)

drooling-dog (189103) | more than 7 years ago | (#19092273)

Heh heh... You get "troll" for "Spock is make believe".

That'll teach you to stay away from controversy...

Space. The final frontier. (5, Funny)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 7 years ago | (#19090991)

Space. The final frontier.
These are the voyages of the starship Doogan.
Her five year mission, to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilisation.
To boldly go where no man has gone before.

You can just picture the comm message as Scotty tells the captain they won't leave earth orbit and will have to search for spock in New Mexico.

ATTN: SWITCHEURS! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19091311)

If you don't know what Cmd-Shift-1 and Cmd-Shift-2 are for, GTFO.
If you think Firefox is a decent Mac application, GTFO.
If you're still looking for the "maximize" button, GTFO.
If the name "Clarus" means nothing to you, GTFO.

Bandwagon jumpers are not welcome among real [imageshack.us] Mac [imageshack.us] users [imageshack.us] . Keep your filthy, beige [imageshack.us] PC fingers to yourself.

Re:ATTN: SWITCHEURS! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19091493)

The only thing not welcome are you Mac faggots.

Mac OS X: The OS named after pussies used predominantly by men who love cock.

GTFO, you queer.

Re:ATTN: SWITCHEURS! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19091593)

Are all PC users such troglodytes?

Re:ATTN: SWITCHEURS! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19092685)

Yes. Now GTFO my slashdot MacFaggot.

Re:Space. The final frontier. (4, Funny)

mcrbids (148650) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091315)

Yes I make mistakes. Don't we all?

Don't many of us owe our very existence to mistakes that our parents made?

Re:Space. The final frontier. (2, Funny)

eclectro (227083) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091401)

Her five year mission, to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilisation.

Using today's technology, 1,000,000 year mission (roundtrip).

If you don't run out of food.

Methane and ozone, huh (4, Funny)

eln (21727) | more than 7 years ago | (#19090999)

but also could search for signatures of life such as methane and ozone

So we're only interested in flatulent life, then.

Re:Methane and ozone, huh (4, Funny)

Reader X (906979) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091021)

Is there any other kind?

Re:Methane and ozone, huh (1)

Kawolski (939414) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091049)

So we're only interested in flatulent life, then.

Everyone poops. [cue book cover pic]

Re:Methane and ozone, huh (3, Funny)

hamburger lady (218108) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091833)

or, "nobody poops but you".

or the catholic version, "You're a Naughty Child and that's Concentrated Evil Coming Out of the Back of You"

Re:Methane and ozone, huh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19091137)

Judging by the pollution content of the atmosphere, I believe we have arrived after a beer & pizza party.

Re:Methane and ozone, huh (3, Funny)

illegalcortex (1007791) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091321)

Can you imagine dealing with a life form that doesn't fart. I mean, it's embarrassing enough when one of the inmates makes a back door break-out with other humans around. But at least then you have the fall-back of knowing they've probably done it before, too.

Re:Methane and ozone, huh (4, Funny)

Drooling Iguana (61479) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091645)

The trick is to convince the non-farting aliens that farts are a sign of great social standing and virility. Make 'em feel inadequate due to their lack of this ability.

In Soviet Vulcan... (0)

nebaz (453974) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091013)

40 Eridani A finds you!

Re:In Soviet Vulcan... (1)

Brad1138 (590148) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091285)

As long as "Ceti Alpha V" doesn't find me, I'll be happy.

Re:In Soviet Vulcan... (1)

Phil246 (803464) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091953)

dont worry, that khaaant happen :)

Re:In Soviet Vulcan... (1)

alisson (1040324) | more than 7 years ago | (#19092307)

No! This is Ceti Alpha VI! On Ceti Alpha V there was life!

Re:In Soviet Vulcan... (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091297)

Nonono, not just, we still need a warp drive. When you build it, they will come.

Only eggheads would look for Vulcan... (5, Funny)

creimer (824291) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091055)

You would think that Borg technology on the other side of the galaxy would be a lot more interesting than a group of alien philosophers contemplating lint in their belly buttons. :P

Not all Star Trek fans wouldn't look for Vulcan (1)

bussdriver (620565) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091771)

Fans of the old Star Trek would probably prefer one of those many planets where kirk fought for some hot alien woman.
Purists would want to maintain the storyline and have Vulcans be our first contact.

Re:Not all Star Trek fans wouldn't look for Vulcan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19092041)

I call dibs on Shanna from "The Gamesters of Triskelion".

First Vulcan /. post (1)

eviloverlordx (99809) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091067)

Peace and long life.

Re:First Vulcan /. post (0)

qweqwe321 (1097441) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091385)

It's "live long and prosper." Didn't you ever see First Contact?

Re:First Vulcan /. post (4, Insightful)

Jarjarthejedi (996957) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091499)

Oh no, insane Star Trek nerdity nitpicking engaged. Setting nitpickiness to stun. Engage the nitpick drive.

GP's phrase was used by another Vulcan in the actual Star Trek series. Both are valid.

Re:First Vulcan /. post (2, Interesting)

coyote-san (38515) | more than 7 years ago | (#19092347)

According to a recent pop quiz by my girlfriend, the type who named her cat 'Tiberius' for some bizarre reason, that's the proper response to "live long and prosper." They go in a pair.

Re:First Vulcan /. post (1)

Cheezymadman (1083175) | more than 7 years ago | (#19092475)

I call BS. Female != Trekkie.

Second Vulcan /. post (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19091693)

Pon farr up your arse!

that is illogical, captain ! (1)

maharg (182366) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091069)

c'mon. logic says this is so unprobable that it will probably happen ;o)

I'll be impressed... (1)

aluminumangel (966324) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091073)

...if they can measure the thickness of the steps at Mount Seleya.

Re:I'll be impressed... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19091091)

WTF- if they don't get working on that warp engine, the Vulcan ship will have no reason to stop here...

Please cancel the mission (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19091081)

If we discover the Vulcans before the warp drive then our timeline will be wrong.

Re:Please cancel the mission (4, Funny)

Blob Pet (86206) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091383)

Not to worry, we'll just label this mission as non-canon. Obviously Rick Berman had some hand in its creation.

Re:Please cancel the mission (1)

mathcam (937122) | more than 7 years ago | (#19092121)

Our timeline got screwed up the second Captain Kirk travelled back through time and got Gene Roddenberry to make a show about his fantastical adventures. He's solely to blame for the mess our current timeline is in.

Re:Please cancel the mission (4, Funny)

El_Oscuro (1022477) | more than 7 years ago | (#19092727)

My timeline got screwed up when I found the long lost "Restraunt at the End of the Universive" game in a close out bin at Egghead during the Win95 launch, after Microsoft had merged with Sirus Cybernetics Corporation. The game cost $9.99, along with $10 for some good British ale, leaving me with 1 penny in my Beezer bank account.

After leaving Egghead, I noticed the sky was....

Drinking 3 beers and waiting for the end, I noticed something out of the corner of my eye. A spaceship. Except, it looked more like a restraunt than a spaceship. Everyone else, was ignoring the spaceship. Just running around it, pretending it wasn't there.

Slartbartfast came out of the ship, and said "Arthur Dent, we have been waiting 11 years for you to get the game. We need your help. The Restruant at the End of the Universe forgot to patch their time servers with the DST patch. As it turned out, one of the End of the Universe time-shifts occured during the DST switchover. Thus, The Restruant is exactly one hour in the future, after The End. With The Restruant after the End, then entire space-time continuim of the universe is unraveling. Our only hope is if you can find the patch, get to the Restruant, and apply it."

You get into the ship and take off, the powerful Bistromathics drive getting you to Magrathea in seconds. You attempt to download the patch from the Sub-Etha-Net using your Guides newfangled "Sub-Etha-Net Explorer", but all it tells you is

This page cannot be displayed

There is an icon which looks like a paperclip on a piece of paper. It is winking at you...

Same thing different Star System (4, Funny)

dcray2000 (969850) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091135)


We'll probably see a Vulcan in a skyscraper with a telescope looking back at us.

Calm yourselves. (-1, Redundant)

Essequemodeia (1030028) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091151)

Just a friendly reminder to all the Star Trek fans in Slashdot land... STAR TREK ISN'T REAL. Ahhhhh

Re:Calm yourselves. (2, Funny)

Farmer Tim (530755) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091679)

STAR TREK ISN'T REAL.

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo...oh, wait, wrong franchise.

Re:Calm yourselves. (1)

f4hy (998452) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091831)

ya the thing to yell in this one is Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaann

Re:Calm yourselves. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19091683)

I can't believe that there are people out there that take these comments so seriously that they feel they need to point out that Star Trek is fictional. Get over yourself dude........

Outpost? (2, Informative)

crabpeople (720852) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091167)

Wasn't that also one of the many stars you could fly to in outpost, the buggiest game of all time?

Re:Outpost? (1)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091639)

No. No matter what planet you picked it just sent you to Mars anyway. Your planet has a theme song [wikipedia.org] , and it repeats over and over and over again.

Slashunits! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19091171)

The SIM PlanetQuest instrument will be so accurate, it could measure the thickness of a nickel at a distance from Earth to the moon.

Yes, but how many football fields away can it measure the width of the Library of Congress from?

Re:Slashunits! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19091987)

This is actually a pretty good use of fake units. The average distance from the earth to the moon is 385,000,000 m. The thickness of a nickel is about .003 m. That corresponds to an arclength resolution of about 8E-12 radians. Small enough that Ruby's trig functions converge to the simple ratio. Small enough to be considered 0 in most contexts.

captcha: cannabis. niiice.

Re:Slashunits! (1)

ChameleonDave (1041178) | more than 7 years ago | (#19092051)

The article writer is indeed an idiot. If he is an American idiot, his "nickel" is (according to Wikipedia) 1.95mm thick. If he is a Canadian idiot, his "nickel" is 1.76mm thick.

I have never seen either of these coins and probably never will. Why can't these morons just say "about 2mm"? Oh, I forgot: if we use the metric system, the terrorists have won.

Re:Slashunits! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19092247)

And I believe you did not ever see ANY coin, to have an idea how thick they are usually? Or does those +- 2mm make a difference to you? The idea of the equipment being "damn precise" came through to me, even though I also have never seen a nickel (or even knew how much it is, mind you).

Re:Slashunits! (2, Insightful)

ChameleonDave (1041178) | more than 7 years ago | (#19092297)

If the general sort of size of any coin was what was intended, then he should have put "coin", not "nickel". And the use of real units would still be preferable. Fake units are appropriate only for the chronically uneducated.

Why do we have to have Spock? (3, Insightful)

Castar (67188) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091217)

I'm a Star Trek fan (although not so much of the original series, I have to admit), but I'm totally confused by this constant recent desire to tie every space mission to popular sci-fi. In a mainstream news article, I can understand it. But here on Slashdot? Do we really need Vulcans to be involved before we get excited about a *mission to explore another solar system*? That's incredibly cool on its own. By hyping it up as somehow Star Trek-related, you really minimize the plain awesomeness there is in space exploration.

Re:Why do we have to have Spock? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19091399)

Nothing wrong with hyping things with star trek. My lecturer spends all day explaining positivism and interpretivism using star trek examples.

Re:Why do we have to have Spock? (5, Funny)

mrhifibanjostrings (664709) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091425)

You obviously underestimate the number of people who flip open their Razr phones like tricorders and make the "shhhhh" sound when they automatic doors open for them. Anything is cooler when you integrate Star Trek into it.

Re:Why do we have to have Spock? (2, Insightful)

nschubach (922175) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091537)

...or is anything cooler when you integrate it into Star Trek? Think about it. ;)

Re:Why do we have to have Spock? (2, Insightful)

Miseph (979059) | more than 7 years ago | (#19092119)

I'm not sure that even qualifies as debatable...

Re:Why do we have to have Spock? (1)

dircha (893383) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091463)

"Do we really need Vulcans to be involved before we get excited about a *mission to explore another solar system*?"

Maybe not, but it helps! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T'Pol [wikipedia.org]

Re:Why do we have to have Spock? (5, Interesting)

History's Coming To (1059484) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091581)

Absolutely, yup, you're right.

But....

....remember that to do stuff that we know is cool you have to convince the general public, who:
1: Are a bit dim at times (average IQ of 100 apparently! ;)
2: Are going to be paying for it either through taxes or by buying the products that have adverts plastered across the side of the spaceship.

You've got to get the money from somewhere, and "cool" gets money these days.
For the REAL future of space missions, see this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN3JjUUdjWU [youtube.com] - a bunch of British TV presenters decide to make a rocket...out of a 3 wheeled car. And it ends up being the largest non-commercial European space launch ever...now that's cool.

Pedant police strike again (1)

khallow (566160) | more than 7 years ago | (#19092263)

The Ariane 5 [esa.int] is the largest non-commercial (since it is operated by the European Space Agency or ESA) European launch vehicle and it first successfully launched in 1997. It can throw 16 metric tons into LEO.

Re:Why do we have to have Spock? (1)

beadfulthings (975812) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091603)

Of course your post is very insightful. But there's a very good reason to involve Spock: It's fun. Where I am it's Friday. You might want to consider opening one of your favorite beverages and just observing the Friday-ness of it all.

Re:Why do we have to have Spock? (1)

Baron_Yam (643147) | more than 7 years ago | (#19092231)

Too true. We could randomly choose any known trinary star system within range to resolve adequately, but you get a free 'nifty' factor when you can tie it in to some pop culture. I have absolutely no problem with this - we'll very likely learn something interesting even without finding the boring super strong, long lived, mating-on-a-seven-year-cycle, emotionally repressed green blooded aliens with arching eyebrows and condescending attitudes.

Is it just me... (1)

SetupWeasel (54062) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091221)

Or is more and more of our science funds going to PR stunts. It is sad to say, but I believe that NASA has outlived its usefulness.

Re:Is it just me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19092019)

1) The mission isn't a publicity stunt. Tying it to Star Trek is, but that doesn't negate the scientific value in studying another star system that has planets. The impact it might have on terrestrial climatology alone is immense.

2) The only missions get get much play in the media are the ones with some public interest. Yes, NASA probably runs publicity missions to keep people interested, but those are the only missions people hear about. You might want to look at, for instance, EOS 1 or the work in autonomous HUAVs that NASA has been doing. Partly due to the fact that attaching the words "NASA" "mission" and "failure" causes a lot of people to mumble about wasted funding (~$17 billion of a $2.8 trillion federal budget (for those who are too lazy to do the math, that's %0.6) this fiscal year), NASA doesn't publicize a lot of its work, which is a shame.

Re:Is it just me... (1)

SetupWeasel (54062) | more than 7 years ago | (#19092729)

I don't particularly like NASA's recent successes. The ISS, for instance, is a gigantic waste of money. Their future plans also lack any sort of foresight. A moon base without reasonable space infrastructure would be nothing more than expensive, likely tragic, showmanship.

While I would see some benefit to finding a planet and sending a probe to monitor the alien climate and whatnot, I disagree that simply knowing that a rock is floating around a star is that interesting. When we have the means to get there, I will be much more excited about it. Right now, I want a real probe to go to Titan. We can visit that.

Don't get me wrong, people can research whatever they want, and I am all for it. I just expect scientists to be above "I see a strange sand dune on Mars. This could be evidence of life!" "I found a planet. It could have life!" mentality that NASA is blatantly encouraging, many times rushing out statements of possible water/life before any real research is performed only to retract them later on. If you add that to our absolutely pointless manned space program, I think NASA is doing more bad than good.

VLAD SHIT IN MARTICOCK'S MOUTH (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19091267)

Fucking son of a bitch, Lockwood!!! He's just a baby for Christ's sake!!! FUCK!!!

This is weird (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19091303)

... first Krypton, now Vulcan...

What's next? Alpha Tucanae I? [wikipedia.org]

Greetings form Chile.

"SIM PlanetQuest..." (1)

msauve (701917) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091347)

that sounds great. SIM Earth was fun!

Simple Enough. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19091363)

I can tell you right now how thick a nickel is on 40 Eridani: 1.95 mm

There may be life... (1)

dorianh49 (988940) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091465)

There may be life, just not as we know it.

Hardcore Trek fans (1)

noidentity (188756) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091485)

"Hardcore Trek fans may know 40 Eridani as the star associated with the planet Vulcan."

Unfortunately, hardcore Trek fans don't know that the planet Vulcan is fictional.

Which nickel is it? (2, Insightful)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091511)

it could measure the thickness of a nickel at a distance from Earth to the moon.

Is that a hot nickel, or a cold nickel?

Re:Which nickel is it? (1)

sconeu (64226) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091585)

No, hot and cold are out. However, they haven't decided between a wooden nickel or a plugged nickel.

I'm sure the Mutzachans will find us first (1)

jpfed (1095443) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091599)

Hmmph. Apparently hardcore Battlelords [ssdc.com] fans are being left out of this.

What about? (1)

uberjoe (726765) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091623)

I just want to see what is at Wolf 359 [wikipedia.org]

TPF, SIM cancelled (1)

bware (148533) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091669)

Of course, TPF and SIM were cancelled, sorry, "deferred." Got to keep the Hubble, ISS, and manned program going.

Near Light Speed Propulsion Space Craft (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19091681)

We will need new science and new technology like this.

http://nlspropulsion.net/ [nlspropulsion.net]

eh (2, Funny)

djupedal (584558) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091727)

"The SIM PlanetQuest instrument will be so accurate, it could measure the thickness of a nickel at a distance from Earth to the moon."

Last I heard the boys still had issues dealing w/simple math. It might be best to hold off on such parlor triks as this until the tutors come back with a reasonable report...

Re:eh (3, Funny)

Scaba (183684) | more than 7 years ago | (#19092665)

Why wait. I'm thinking it might be a lot easier to just measure the nickel right here on Earth. In fact, you don't even need to measure it, as someone has done it [google.com] for us

wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19091759)

"I webbed you......that means you get the room".......

Next thing you know (1)

Ardipithecus (985280) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091799)

we'll have illegal extraterrestrials.

Nirvana for Rush and Lou

Fictional (1, Flamebait)

dangitman (862676) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091819)

Uh, guys... Spock is a fictional character. That means he doesn't really exist. He is played by an actor named Leonard Nimoy, whose home planet is Earth.

Directional-spatial relationship management (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19091861)

Using the co-ordinate system developed and patented by the Union Aerospace Corporation, the co-ordinates for Spock's birthplace are as follows:

09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0

(the more you know)

Epsilon Eridani (4, Informative)

spaceyhackerlady (462530) | more than 7 years ago | (#19091901)

I must admit that I'm old enough to remember when Vulcan was supposed to be a planet of Epsilon Eridani, not 40 Eridani. Epsilon is much more Sun-like.

Of course, the Vulcans would have to argue with the Comporellon folks, who also live in the Epsilon Eridani system. :-)

...laura

Re:Epsilon Eridani (2, Insightful)

BRSloth (578824) | more than 7 years ago | (#19092703)

A Hacker Girl who KNOWS Star Trek?!?!

MARRY ME!

Finally! An end to the controversy! (2, Interesting)

GeekZilla (398185) | more than 7 years ago | (#19092087)

Does this mean that we can finally line up all the Neanderthals who still think the moon landing is a hoax, let them look through the shiny new "telescope" and see the lunar landers still parked where they landed about 38 years ago?

Wow, am I going to get burned for this, but... (2)

duck0 (1073338) | more than 7 years ago | (#19092193)

...Spock's home planet is Earth. His mother was a human and his father an ambassador to Earth named Sarek.

oblig. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19092299)

I, for one, welcome our new Vulcan overlords!
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