Another earth discovered? NASA to make big announcement today

US space agency NASA has likely discovered 'another earth' orbiting a star. The discovery is an important step in NASA's attempts to find life outside earth.

Another earth discovered? NASA to make big announcement today

NASA is holding a press conference later today and is expected to make a big announcement about the exoplanet-hunting Kepler mission. According to the official website of NASA, the American space agency will be holding a media briefing at 9 am PDT (noon EDT) Thursday, July 23, to announce the new discoveries made by the Kepler Space Telescope.

Kepler was launched in 2009 and is the first mission of NASA to detect Earth-size planets that orbit around the distant stars in or near the habitable zone. In 1995, the first exoplanet orbiting another star like our sun was discovered.

Exoplanets belonged within the realm of science fiction just 21 years ago, according to a statement by NASA. Today, astronomers are on the verge of finding another planet like Earth in galaxies spread across the Universe. As of now, around 1,000 planets and 3,000 planet candidates having a wide range of sizes and orbital distances has been confirmed by the telescope.

Source : IANS

Related Post

World’s first underwater gadgets store in Dubai
views 236
Sony Mobile Communications’ regional division has announced that the world’s first underwater Xperia Aquatech Store is nearing completion, and will de...
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: What we know so far
views 40
Following the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash Thursday — which killed all 298 on board — many questions remain. 247Latest News lists what we kn...
Europe Wants To Send Humans To The Dark Side Of The Moon
views 55
The European Space Agency (ESA) is one — they just released a new video stating that the Moon is an important and crucial step in mankind's future. "...
Earth-like planets could exist in our nearest solar system – but they...
views 146
Twin Earth-like exoplanets could exist in the Alpha Centauri solar system, just 4.3 light years away from the Milky Way. Although the t...
Filipino beauty queen, 23, is shot dead by ‘hitmen’
views 521
A Filipino beauty queen has been shot dead moments after opening the front door to 'hitmen' who gave her flowers and chocolates. Mary Christine Balagt...