This diagram compares the planets of our inner solar system to Kepler-186, a five-planet star system about 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. The Kepler-186 system is home to Kepler-186f, the first validated Earth-size planet orbiting a distant star in the habitable zone-a range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the planet's surface. Image: NASA/Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech
Chase is the founder of RocketSTEM and serves as the magazine's first managing editor. He previously worked as a reporter/photographer/editor for a variety of Midwestern newspapers for a decade, as well as working as a graphic designer for a handful of professional sports and lifestyle magazines, before stepping away to become a 'certified' Rocket Hobo. He's witnessed a dozen launches in person, and was honored to be one of the last civilians to be allowed aboard Endeavour's cockpit while the Space Shuttle was still running under its own power.