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Kepler Mission

Prolific Planet Hunter Gets New Mission

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 05.18.2014 | Science

NASA's prolific Kepler spacecraft is back in action, a year after being sidelined by an equipment failure. The space agency has approved a new miss...

WATCH: Astronomers Know Way More About Alien Worlds Than You May Think

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 02.20.2014 | Science

How much have we really learned about alien planets? Twenty years ago, we knew nothing about any other worlds outside of our solar system. Now, we...

LOOK: Year's Top Exoplanet Discoveries Include Some Pretty Freaky Places

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

While astronomers didn't bag that elusive first "alien Earth" in 2013, they made plenty of exciting exoplanet discoveries during the past year. Here'...

Kepler's Ark

Victor Stenger | Posted 06.23.2013 | Science
Victor Stenger

News reports on the discovery of "habitable" planets are highly misleading. What scientists define as habitable just means that conditions may exist that are adequate for life based on carbon chemistry, such as the generic type of life we have on Earth.

Celebrated Telescope Eyes Hundreds Of New Planet Candidates

The Huffington Post | Craig Kanalley | Posted 01.07.2013 | Science

NASA's Kepler mission has identified 461 new planet candidates, the space agency announced today. Four of the planet candidates orbit in their sun'...

The Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Mario Livio | Posted 01.21.2013 | Science
Mario Livio

The question of whether extraterrestrial life exists (and in particular "intelligent" ET life) is arguably one of the most intriguing questions today. The discovery of ET life would constitute a revolution rivaling the Copernican revolution in magnitude. Here is a brief status report.

Star's Scorching Heat Turning Planet Into Dust, Scientists Say

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 05.20.2012 | Science

Space scientists have found a little exoplanet with some big eccentricities. The planet, detected about 1,500 light years from Earth, orbits its s...

Planet-Hunting Program Gets Reprieve From NASA Bean Counters

AP | Posted 04.05.2012 | Science

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- NASA has decided to keep its planet-hunting spacecraft running for several more years. The space agency said Wednesday the...

Scientists Discover Planet With Earth-Like Characteristics

The Huffington Post | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 12.06.2011 | Green

NASA announced Monday the discovery of Kepler-22b, the first planet the Kepler spacecraft has discovered in the habitable zone, an area with a distanc...

NASA Spots 54 Potentially Life-Friendly Planets

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON — An orbiting NASA telescope is finding whole new worlds of possibilities in the search for alien life, spotting more than 50 potenti...