Before we present our latest challenge, we need to give you some background. At the website of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) they have this announcement: Media Invited to NASA’s Kepler Science Conference. Here are some excerpts:
NASA invites members of the media to attend the fourth Kepler Science Conference to be held June 19-23. The weeklong science conference will take place at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley.
Scientists from around the world will gather to discuss the latest findings and discoveries from the analysis of observations made by the Kepler space telescope. Kepler detects planets by measuring the miniscule change in brightness of a star caused when a planet passes in front of it, called a transit.
Launched in 2009, Kepler has identified more than 5,000 planet candidates. Of these, more than 2,500 have been verified as bona fide planets, including a dozen that are less than twice the size of Earth and reside in the habitable zone of their host star. The habitable zone is the range of distance from a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of a rocky planet.
Okay, that’s the background. Now for the challenge. Imagine a creationist conference on the latest creationism discoveries. All the characters we know are there — Hambo, the Discoveroids, Jason Lisle, Kent Hovind, Ray Comfort, etc. What would they announce? The discovery of Noah’s Ark? The Precambrian rabbit? A fossil dinosaur with a human in its stomach?
The form of today’s challenge is that you must tell us, with reasonable brevity:
You know the rules: You may enter the contest as many times as you wish, but you must avoid profanity, vulgarity, childish anatomical analogies, etc. Also, avoid slanderous statements about individuals. Feel free to comment on the entries submitted by others — with praise, criticism, or whatever — but you must do so tastefully.
There may not be a winner of this contest, but if there is, your Curmudgeon will decide, and whenever we get around to it we’ll announce who the winner is. There is no tangible prize — as always in life’s great challenges, the accomplishment is its own reward. We now throw open the comments section, dear reader. Go for it!
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