I'm all for scientific research folks - I think that you know that by now. Not just because of my background in Physics, but as a Christian I believe that such research reveals the wonder of our habitable earth. The Universe in which we live is utterly hostile. Deep space subsists at 2.7 Kelvin - or -454.8F!; but miraculously, the Earth's distance from the Sun, its magnetic field and atmosphere all add up to a space station that is perfectly suitable for life - so much so that even some secular scientists will reluctantly make reference to the anthrothic principle in order to describe the unique conditions that we presently enjoy in a relatively "flat" Universe. What honest scientists should discover is that planet Earth is indeed unique:
Isaiah 45:18: 18 For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it and did not create it a waste place, but formed it to be inhabited), "I am the Lord, and there is none else."
And so, the research continues. More recently, NASA has been researching the effects of long distance space travel. For example, Erin Peterson is currently participating in the NASA-sponsored bedrest study at the Cleveland Clinic where she has been suspended in a simulated weightless state for 75 days and counting! According to CNN, the point of this study is to examine the effects of weightless and long term immobility on the human body. The information gathered from this will be helpful for long-term travel. She is recording her experiences on her blog, StardustHoliday (of which I have chosen to remove the link).
On another interesting note, NASA has released photos acquired by the European Space Agency's Huygens probe of the moon Titan (one of Saturn's moons). The Huygens probe was released by the Cassini spacecraft, which is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. The pictures are absolutely amazing! It's beautiful - but you wouldn't want to try to live there!