Discover an Earth-like planet with Kepler

March 7, 2009 17:58 by scibuff

NASA’s Kepler mission successfully lauched into space last night.

Kepler Lanch - Source: NASA

Kepler Lanch - Source: NASA

It will be about two months before the observatory sends back first data, however it will take up to three years to confirm any Earth-like planets orbiting their stars in a habitable zone. Meanwhile, you can step into Kepler’s shoes with this interactive app:

Detailed info about the mission is available at the NASA’s Kepler page. You can also follow the Kepler’s Twitter feed.

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