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Readers unimpressed by Earth's newest neighbor

Your letters and comments on the September 17, 2016, issue of Science News

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5:27pm, November 2, 2016

Buzzkill

Astronomers confirmed the existence of an exoplanet, Proxima b, only 4.2 light-years from Earth, Christopher Crockett reported in “Planet orbits sun’s nearest neighbor” (SN: 9/17/16, p. 6).

Some readers thought there was too much excitement over the new potentially habitable planet.

Christina Gullion believes keeping Earth habitable in the face of a changing climate is more important than searching for other planets. “Off-planet exploration seems to me to be a counterproductive diversion of funds and scientific knowledge,” she wrote. “I think it is self-indulgently romantic to invest scarce resources in

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