NASA’s discovered hundred new planets

NASA research has been lead since 1958 and, after the first space exploration with the “Apollo Program”, there haven’t been any breaks.

One of the last and most famous spacecraft ever, known under the name of Kepler, has been sent to outer space to discover an Earth-size exoplanet near the habitable zones within the Milky Way. On the 10th of May NASA has announced that the Kepler Project had brought to light the discovery of 1284 new exoplanets, of which 550 could be rocky planets and nine of those may support life.

Launched in 2009, Kepler has collected data for four years and revealed noteworhty data, which will be put to use in the coming years.

Its importance comes from the fact that this revolutionary spacecraft has monitored more than 100 thousand stars, observing the possible identification of a planet when an object passes in front of a star. Of almost 5000 possible planets 2325 were discovered by Kepler and more than 3200 of those have been verified through meticulous tests.

The chief scientist at NASA, Ellen Stofan, declared in a press release “the research exoplanets gives us the hope that somwhere out there, around a star much like ours, we can eventually discover another Earth”. According to the results of Kepler mission 21 of these exoplanets, found within the “habitable zones”, one could potentially be a stage for the creation of of new life forms, since tthe surface temperature of those allows the presence of liquid water.

A new mission called K2 “Second Light” has been presented and launched in November 2013 and is basically an extention of its predecessor – Kepler. Its task is to pick up star clusters, young and old stars, active galaxies and supernovae. Perhaps we will never find any kind of life forms, but how can go without trying?


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Alessio Maurandi