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Kepler-22b: NASA confirms 'super-Earth' that could hold life

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  1. satz

    satz Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Kepler-22b: NASA confirms 'super-Earth' that could hold life

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    WASHINGTON: In another step toward finding Earth-like planets that may hold life, NASA has said the Kepler space telescope has confirmed its first-ever planet in a habitable zone outside our solar system. French astronomers earlier this year confirmed the first rocky exoplanet to meet key requirements for sustaining life. But Kepler-22b, initially glimpsed in 2009, is the first the US space agency has been able to confirm.

    Ref:-Kepler-22b: NASA confirms 'super-Earth' that could hold life - Pictures - Pictures/videos - News in Pictures | Economic Times
     
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    Vritra Major ELITE MEMBER

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    So they've confirmed that they are indeed suspicious that this planet could hold life?

    Which means what, the last time they only thought that they maybe thought this planet could hold life?

    Awful day for reporting today world over, apparently...
     
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    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    Sounds Interesting, need more detail though, waiting for it !!
     
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    sanman Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    NASA's Kepler space telescope is only staring at one small patch of the sky continuously, in order to spot these planet transits that make the stars blink. ISRO should consider sending up a similar space telescope to continuous monitor some other small patch of sky, in order to find more such planets. Obviously there are a huge number of planets out there to discover, and India should get in on the act in order to gain some credit and help in the effort.
     
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