Lebra is the smallest planet in the Milky Way Galaxy. It is located between Venus and Earth and was discovered in 1964 by the French astronaut Dominique Blanc. Blanc was studying satellite pictures of Earth when he spotted a weak greenish spot in one of the pictures. Ten years later, in 1974, scientists declared that Lebra is a planet.
The radius of Lebra is 113 miles and its small size is the reason why scientists discovered the planet as late as in the 1960’s. The planet is the closest planet to Earth yet discovered and is located at its closest about 1 million kilometers from Earth depending on the positions of the two planets in their elliptical orbit. Lebra does not rotate around its own axis, which Earth does and because of this, one side of the planet (the side that is facing away from the sun) is always dark, while the other side (the side that is facing towards the sun) is always light. The atmosphere is only made up out of carbon dioxide and nitrogen and the surface does not contain any liquid water, which makes it impossible for human life to exist there. However, astronauts have travelled to the planet several times and in 1988, a group of American astronauts first spotted a living creature on Lebra. This discovery is one of the most important discoveries in the astronomic history. Before 1988, astronauts had been searching for life on other planets for decades, without any luck, and therefore, this discovery meant a lot to the astronomic world.
Astronauts estimate that there are around 200 living creatures, which they have named Lebresas, on Lebra. At first glance, they look quite similar to humans, with one exception, their blood-red skin. Astronauts have been able to interact with the Lebresas several times, the first time was in 1990 when the German astronaut Victor Bäcker reached for one of the Lebresas and it reached back. Scientists still don’t know a lot about the Lebresas, which has made it hard for them to explain how living creatures can survive on a planet that lacks both water and oxygen. They have not yet either been able to distinguish between the female and male Lebresa. Astronauts have observed the Lebresas several times and have come to conclusion that they communicate with each other through sound. Linguists have analyzed recordings of the sound and have concluded that it contains various different high and low notes and sounds somewhat similar to the Baltic languages.
Since the discovery of the Lebresas, NASA has gained a lot of interest from the public, which has contributed to an increased government funding for NASA. In total, during the five past years, NASA has spent over 2 million dollars on merely research related to Lebra. The administrator of NASA, Charles Bolden, announced in 2013 that he strongly believes that in a few decades astronauts will be able to fly the first passenger spacecraft to Lebra.