Planning a little space travel to see some friends on Kepler 22b? Thinking of trying out your newly-installed FTL3000 Alcubierre Warp Drive to get you there in no time? Better not make it a surprise visit - your arrival may end up disintegrating anyone there when you show up.
What would it look like on the surface of Kepler-22b, the planet that NASA today called "the most Earthlike planet yet discovered"? Science artist Ron Miller offers these visions of a planet that could be home to future human colonies.
It may have a radius about 2.4 times that of our home planet, but NASA scientists have confirmed that Kepler-22b — depicted in the artist's conception up top — is the first planet we've ever confirmed orbits within the so-called "habitable zone" of a Sun-like star, making it the most Earth-like planet we've yet…