News tagged with planetary missions

Has Kepler found ideal SETI-target planets?

NASA's Kepler mission has discovered a new planetary system that is home to five small planets around a slightly smaller star than our Sun. Two of them are super-Earth planets, most likely made of rock or ice mixed with rock, ...

dateApr 22, 2013 in Astronomy
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Enceladus' jets reach all the way to its sea

Thanks to the Cassini mission we've known about the jets of icy brine spraying from the south pole of Saturn's moon Enceladus for about 8 years now, but this week it was revealed at the 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference ...

dateMar 20, 2013 in Space Exploration
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The 'habitable edge' of exomoons

Astronomers have their fingers crossed that within the haul of data collected by NASA's Kepler mission, which has already detected nearly three thousand possible exoplanets, hide the signatures of the very first exomoons.

dateMar 05, 2013 in Astronomy
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Kepler mission discovers 461 new planet candidates

(—NASA's Kepler mission Monday announced the discovery of 461 new planet candidates. Four of the potential new planets are less than twice the size of Earth and orbit in their sun's "habitable zone," the region ...

dateJan 08, 2013 in Astronomy
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Kepler wraps prime mission, begins extension

(—NASA is marking two milestones in the search for planets like Earth; the successful completion of the Kepler Space Telescope's three-and-a-half-year prime mission and the beginning of an extended mission that ...

dateNov 15, 2012 in Space Exploration
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