New planets 'could host life'

NASA says three new planets that could host life have been discovered. The "super Earth-sized" worlds were found in the habitable zone outside the solar system by NASA's Kepler satellite.

NASA getting 'closer' to finding an Earthlike planet

The latest planetary discoveries by the Kepler satellite bring us "a bit closer" to finding a planet similar to Earth, says NASA's John Grunsfeld:

The Kepler spacecraft has certainly turned out to be a rock star of science.

The discovery of these rocky planets in the habitable zone brings us a bit closer to finding a place like home.

It is only a matter of time before we know if the galaxy is home to a multitude of planets like Earth, or if we are a rarity.

– John Grunsfeld, Nasa Science Mission Directorate

NASA findings show there are 'many habitable planets'

NASA scientist Tom Barclay says new discoveries by the Kepler satellite mean habitable planets are no longer just "theoretical":

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T. Barclay: These discoveries suggest that there are many habitable, small planets.

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T. Barclay: Discussing habitable planets is no longer a theoretical exercise.

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'Potentially habitable planets' are close to Earth in size

NASA scientists said the Kepler-62e and Kepler-62f planets were the first potentially habitable worlds discovered that are less than twice the size of Earth:

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Lisa Kaltenegger: We have for the first time potentially habitable planets less than twice the size of the Earth. http://t.co/iqSD5Kh2oQ

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Bill Borucki: Kelper-62-e & 62-f are considered rocky and may be habitable. We don't know yet! http://t.co/iqSD5Kh2oQ

NASA: Three new planets 'could host life'

Three new planets that could host life have been discovered, NASA scientists said today.

The "super Earth-sized" worlds were found in the habitable zone outside the solar system by NASA's Kepler satellite.

NASA said Kepler-62f is likely to be rocky, while 62e may be a "water world"
NASA said Kepler-62f is likely to be rocky, while 62e may be a "water world" Credit: NASA

Space scientist Bill Borucki said two of the planets, named Kepler-62e and Kepler-62f, were "the best candiates found to date for habitable planets."