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(Space.com)   New alien planets discovered, NASA reveals all   ( space.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, planets, NASA, Institute for Astronomy, Center for Astrophysics, Environmental Research, Ames Research Center, NASA Headquarters, Kepler  
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2013-04-18 12:26:21 PM  
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Personally, I haven't been too impressed with the Kepler mission. Sure we now know for certain that there are other planets out there, but we were already pretty sure of that to begin with. And Kepler can't even really tell us anything of importance about these exoplanets except "they're there." While us who follow scientific accomplishments can appreciate what the Kepler has done, the majority of the population aren't going to care until we can say for sure we've found an Earth-analog planet. And those are the people who's votes and money you have to get to make this stuff easier to do in the future.
2013-04-18 11:41:32 AM  
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Could be some good stuff, observations have been going on long enough now to detect planets with longer orbits. The original data was so short that it was heavily biased towards close in planets with very short years that were generally too close for possible life.
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