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Monday, March 09, 2009

We're In Search for Other Earths


From PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX on Fox Business:
"NASA's Kepler mission successfully launched into space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II at 10:49 p.m. EST, Friday. Kepler is designed to find the first Earth-size planets orbiting stars at distances where water could pool on the planet's surface."

Dan Vergano, USA Today, reported on AOL News:
"Kepler, the space agency's long-awaited $591 million space telescope, opens a new era in planet detection. In its four-year mission, planetary scientists expect the spacecraft to discover roughly 1,200 planets, more than quadrupling the number of worlds spotted orbiting nearby stars since 1995."

"I call it our planet census-taker," say NASA's Jon Morse. "Its discoveries may fundamentally alter humanity's view of itself and our place in the universe."

Or maybe I should just go to the source, heh: Nasa's Kepler Mission! While the telescope isn't meant to find extraterrestrials, it sure can find where they might be!



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