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Remembering BJ Habibie | Life on other planets

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Friday, 13 September 2019

 

Editor's note

Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, or BJ Habibie, the former president of Indonesia is dead. He was an excellent engineer who built the country’s aircraft industry from scratch. During his stint as Indonesia’s research and technology minister, he quickly became known for his pioneering breakthroughs and forward thinking in adopting research and technology for industrial purposes. Tangguh Chairil remembers him as a true engineer, who even during this brief political career, analysed problems from their roots before seeking solutions.

Scientists tend to know very little about exoplanets – planets orbiting stars other than our sun - other than just their mass and radius.That said, there are at least a dozen exoplanets, out of the 4000 that we know about, with the potential to support life. And now, writes Angelos Tsiaras, scientists have made a major breakthrough, for the first time detecting water in the atmosphere of an exoplanet thought to be rocky and in the habitable zone – making it the best candidate for hosting life to date.

Ika Krismantari

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Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie Barbara Walton/EPA

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Tangguh Chairil, Binus University

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Artist’s impression of planet K2-18 b, its host star and an accompanying planet in this system. ESA/Hubble, M. Kornmesser

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