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Old 12-06-2011   #1
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NASA's Kepler Mission Confirms Its First Planet in Habitable Zone of Sun-like Star

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NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed its first planet in the "habitable zone," the region where liquid water could exist on a planets surface. Kepler also has discovered more than 1,000 new planet candidates, nearly doubling its previously known count. Ten of these candidates are near-Earth-size and orbit in the habitable zone of their host star. Candidates require follow-up observations to verify they are actual planets.

The newly confirmed planet, Kepler-22b, is the smallest yet found to orbit in the middle of the habitable zone of a star similar to our sun. The planet is about 2.4 times the radius of Earth. Scientists don't yet know if Kepler-22b has a predominantly rocky, gaseous or liquid composition, but its discovery is a step closer to finding Earth-like planets.

Previous research hinted at the existence of near-Earth-size planets in habitable zones, but clear confirmation proved elusive. Two other small planets orbiting stars smaller and cooler than our sun recently were confirmed on the very edges of the habitable zone, with orbits more closely resembling those of Venus and Mars.

"This is a major milestone on the road to finding Earth's twin," said Douglas Hudgins, Kepler program scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "Kepler's results continue to demonstrate the importance of NASA's science missions, which aim to answer some of the biggest questions about our place in the universe."

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^ That's fascinating! I'm claiming an island for my own!
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Haha that's not a bad idea. :)
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Oh.. and I want a sea-narrow, I'll call it the "New Christian Sound" ^_^
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Re: NASA's Kepler Mission Confirms Its First Planet in Habitable Zone of Sun-like Sta

I claim anything built be their ancient people. Maybe they teleported Atlantis there..... I claim Atlantis!
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Oh darn! I wanted Atlantis too.. damn it. Would you allow me to visit it every now and then?
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Absolutely. Be sure to bring a snorkle!
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