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Some 40 light-years from Earth, a planet called Trappist 1-e offers a heart-stopping view: brilliant objects in a red sky, looming like larger and smaller versions of our own moon. But these are no moons. They are Earth-sized planets in a spectacular planetary system outside our own. These seven rocky worlds huddle around their small, dim, red star, like a family around a campfire. Any of them could harbour liquid water, but the planet shown here, fourth from the TRAPPIST-1 star, is in the habitable zone, the area around the star where liquid water is most likely to be detected. This system was revealed by the TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope (TRAPPIST) and NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. The planets are also excellent targets for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. Take a planet-hopping excursion through the TRAPPIST-1 system. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

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Planet Hop from Trappist 1-e

Visions of the Future: Imagination is our window into the future. At NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) they strive to be bold in advancing the edge of possibility so that someday, with the help of new generations of innovators and explorers, these visions of the future can become a reality.

As you look through these images of imaginative travel destinations, remember that you can be an architect of the future. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

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