NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers Bigger, Older Cousin to Earth

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NASA’s Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star. The newly discovered Kepler-452b is the smallest planet to date discovered orbiting in the habitable zone — the area around a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of an orbiting planet — of a G2-type star, like our sun. The confirmation of Kepler-452b brings the total number of confirmed planets to 1,030. This video shows an artist’s concept that depicts one possible appearance of the planet Kepler-452b.

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Date: August 18, 2015

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