NASA's Deep Space Camera Locates Host of 'Earths'


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Message 1019510 - Posted: 25 Jul 2010, 17:46:51 UTC

From: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/07/25/nasas-deep-space-camera-locates-host-earths/?test=latestnews

Scientists celebrated Sunday after finding more than 700 suspected new planets -- including up to 140 similar in size to Earth -- in just six weeks of using a powerful new space observatory.

Early results from NASA’s Kepler Mission, a small satellite observing deep space, suggested planets like Earth were far more common than previously thought.

Past discoveries suggested most planets outside our solar system were gas giants such as Jupiter and Saturn -- but the new evidence tipped the balance in favor of solid worlds.

Astronomers said the discovery meant the chances of eventually finding truly Earth-like planets capable of sustaining life rose sharply.

NASA so far formally announced only five new exoplanets -- those outside our solar system -- from the mission because its scientists were still analyzing Kepler’s finds to confirm they are actually planets.

“The figures suggest our galaxy, the Milky Way [which has more than 100 billion stars] will contain 100 million habitable planets, and soon we will be identifying the first of them,” said Dimitar Sasselov, professor of astronomy at Harvard University and a scientist on the Kepler Mission. "There is a lot more work we need to do with this, but the statistical result is loud and clear, and it is that planets like our own Earth are out there."


Pretty exciting news if you ask me. This could change the way we think about the universe. I am quite excited!
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Message 1019581 - Posted: 25 Jul 2010, 23:57:34 UTC - in response to Message 1019510.

From another link:

The spacecraft has found five new solar systems in the Milky Way.

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Science/2010/07/25/14822446.html

Amazing, really!

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Message 1019716 - Posted: 26 Jul 2010, 15:14:32 UTC - in response to Message 1019581.

So... what's next for NASA to announce... :D:D:D

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Message 1019719 - Posted: 26 Jul 2010, 15:18:56 UTC

If this pans out hopefully a project will evolve to check each of the hopeful planets for radio waves or other signs of intelligence.
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Message 1020626 - Posted: 29 Jul 2010, 16:57:26 UTC

Thats exciting news, especially the prospect of new projects to examine potential radio signals, means my rigs will remain in gainfull employment for the foreseeable future hurrah!
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Message 1020727 - Posted: 30 Jul 2010, 1:40:05 UTC - in response to Message 1020626.
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I suggest that you read the other thread in the science board about this and then go to:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planetary_habitability

This will indicate a lot of caution in predicting a large number of Habitable Planets.

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