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:
– John Grunsfeld, Nasa Science Mission Directorate
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.
NASA scientist Tom Barclay says new discoveries by the Kepler satellite mean habitable planets are no longer just "theoretical":
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:
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.
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."