PISCES Robotic International Space Mining Competition
STEM Aerospace Research Scholars
Research Investigating Dust Explusion Removal Systems
QUESTION: Are there any planets similar to Earth in the Universe?
Answer: To human knowledge, yes! Last year in April, scientists discovered the closest thing to Earth yet found in the cosmos. The earth-sized planet, called Kepler 186-f, lies some 490 light years from Earth and orbits a red dwarf star. What makes it a close relative to our home planet? Though it is somewhat larger, Kepler lies in what is known as the ‘Goldilocks zone’, a habitable zone where environmental conditions are favorable to supporting the existence of life as we know it.
Hōkūhoʻokelewaʻa: is the Hawaiian name for the star Sirius. It is literally translated as ‘canoe-guiding star’. The appearance of this star served as a signal for sailing on a voyage. The star was also believed to appear just before the birth of a high chief.
The Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems, or PISCES, is a Hawaii State Government Aerospace Agency located in beautiful Hilo, Hawaii.
The Center is part of the State Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT) and conducts environmentally safe tests on Hawaii’s volcanic terrain to validate advanced space technologies under the jurisdiction of the Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR).