The Longest Voyage
|"The Longest Voyage"|
|Publisher||Analog Science Fiction and Fact|
On a distant world the age of exploration is beginning. A party of daring explorers attempts to circumnavigate their world. In unknown waters they encounter an island civilization which claims to have a prophet who fell from the stars.
Possible Significance of this Story for Science
The story was set on a habitable satellite of a Jupiter-type gas giant planet orbiting in the 'Goldilocks' zone of its star. Current research on exo-planets is extending to efforts to pinpoint potentially habitable 'exo-moons', which could be better bets for finding evidence of extraterrestrial life than would be the case for gas giant planets more readily discovered by exo-planet astrometry techniques.
For reference, see: 'The search for life on faraway moons' by Lee Billings, Scientific American 310(1), January 2014: 39-43
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