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Life Beyond Earth? NASA Kepler Mission Catalog Of Potentially Habitable Exoplanets Expanded

Life Beyond Earth? NASA Kepler Mission Catalog Of Potentially Habitable Exoplanets Expanded

Over 200 new planets that could be like Earth have been discovered nearby in the Milky Way by NASA's Kepler space telescope.

Mario Perez, Kepler program scientist in the Astrophysics Division of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, said the new discovery means that "we are probably not alone" because four years of data show how common Earth-like planets can be. "Understanding their frequency in the galaxy will help inform the design of future NASA missions to directly image another Earth".

"What's exciting about today is we have taken our telescope and we have counted up how many planets are similar to the Earth in this part of the sky", Susan Thompson, Kepler research scientist, said at the conference.

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With this new data, the catalog suggests that about half of the exoplanets in our galaxy are either gaseous, with no surface, or have such a heavy atmosphere that life as we know it would not be possible.

Ten of the planets are potentially rocky, close to the size of Earth and within the habitable zone of the stars they orbit - meaning they could support liquid water on their surface, Perez explained.

With the release of this catalog, derived from data publicly available on the NASA Exoplanet Archive, there are now 4,034 planet candidates identified by Kepler. If it can't quite be confirmed, it's considered a candidate until further observation can verify a planet there. The 10 new exoplanets adds to the 49 nearly Earth-like exoplanets in habitable zones detected by Kepler, more than 30 of which have been verified. Before Kepler, the population of exoplanets was largely expected to be full of Jupiter-size planets.

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Of those, 10 are thought to be "rocky and raw" - like Earth. But those 10 were joined by an additional 209 more garden-variety planets that are unlikely to be hospitable to life because they are too gassy, too hot, too cold or otherwise unlike the only known planet to host life: Earth. Kepler's main mission ended in 2013 after the failure of two of its four wheels that control its orientation in space.

The Kepler space telescope hunts for planets by detecting the minuscule drop in a star's brightness that occurs when a planet crosses in front of it, called a transit.

Using the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, the group measured the sizes of 1,300 stars in the Kepler field of view to determine the radii of 2,000 Kepler planets with exquisite precision.

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These other missions - such as TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, in 2018 and the James Webb Space Telescope later on - will continue the search for life beyond Earth. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, managed Kepler mission development.


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