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Kepler-186f

NASA discovers Earth-sized planet that could be habitable

NASA has discovered an Earth-sized planet that could potentially be habitable.  Designated Kepler-186f and discovered about 500 light years away from home in the constellation Cygnus, this new planet is likely a rocky world and may be similar to Venus, Mars, and Earth.  The system is also home to four other planets, orbiting around a host star about half the size and mass of the sun.

Elisa Quintana of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute at NASA stated:

"This is the first definitive Earth-sized planet found in the habitable zone.
Finding such planets is a primary goal of the Kepler space telescope."


The institute stated:

"This discovery not only proves the existence of worlds that might be similar to our own, but will undoubtedly shape future investigations of exoplanets that could have terrestial surface environments."
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