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Kepler telescope finds ‘hellish’ exoplanet with Earth-like mass

An Earth-sized planet far beyond our Solar System has been found to have a similar mass to our planet, said researchers Wednesday engaged in the hunt for other habitable worlds. While Kepler-78b is not a hospitable place, with surface temperatures exceeding 2,000 degrees Celsius (3,600 degrees Fahrenheit), confirmation of its…

NASA’s Kepler telescope is in trouble, but it doesn’t end the search for another Earth

Even if Nasa’s Kepler space telescope is coming to the end of its mission, the search for other Earths will continue The Kepler space telescope is in trouble. On Tuesday, during one of their regular twice-weekly communications slots, Nasa scientists found the telescope in “safe mode”. An investigation has now…

NASA’s Kepler confirms 26 new planets

WASHINGTON — The US space agency said Thursday its Kepler space telescope mission has confirmed 26 new planets outside our solar system, all of them orbiting too close to their host stars to sustain life. Scattered across 11 planetary systems, their temperatures would be too hot for survival, as they…

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