The discovery Kepler Mission will probe the Milky Way to determine planets similar to earth

Attempting to better understand the earth’s role in our own galaxy – the Milky Way – is a key objective of the Kepler Mission, an integral element of NASA’s Constellation Program.

NASA states:

The Kepler Mission, a NASA Discovery mission, is specifically designed to survey our region of the Milky Way galaxy to detect and characterize hundreds of Earth-size and smaller planets in or near the habitable zone. The habitable zone encompasses the distances from a star where liquid water can exist on a planet’s surface.

Results from this mission will allow us to place our solar system within the continuum of planetary systems in the Galaxy.

The Mission is named after famed astronomer Johannes Kepler.

Kepler spacecraft on starry background

Image credit: NASA

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~ by tellinghistory on November 7, 2007.

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