The story of the newly discovered, possibly habitable planet Gliese 581 c, is made far more interesting by another article I found in 2006.
From the article:
“EVERY year, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics awards prizes for the best papers presented at its annual conference. Last year’s winner in the nuclear and future flight category went to a paper calling for experimental tests of an astonishing new type of engine. According to the paper, this hyperdrive motor would propel a craft through another dimension at enormous speeds. It could leave Earth at lunchtime and get to the moon in time for dinner.”
Forget Mars!! Let’s go check out the planet that may just be our second home someday. Besides, which takes longer, terraforming or space travel? How long would it take to get to Gliese 581c with this new type of engine?