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'Venus zone' narrows search for habitable planets

Long before the hunt began to find Earth lookalikes around other stars, one planet in the Solar System had already been named Earth's twin. With its similar size and mass, Venus measures very close to Earth, with one major ...

dateApr 14, 2015 in Astronomy
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Image: A view from NASA's Webb Bed-Chamber

This photo, taken from the inside of Chamber A, a giant cryogenic vacuum chamber at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, shows the large vehicle resembling a bed frame in the foreground that will move James Webb Space ...

dateApr 13, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Guiding our search for life on other earths

A telescope will soon allow astronomers to probe the atmosphere of Earthlike exoplanets for signs of life. To prepare, Lisa Kaltenegger and her team are modeling the atmospheric fingerprints for hundreds of potential alien ...

dateFeb 17, 2015 in Astronomy
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