NASA tele­scope finds 10 more plan­ets that could have life

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This artist ren­der­ing pro­vided by NASA/JPL-Cal­tech/T. Pyle, taken in 2015, de­picts one pos­si­ble ap­pear­ance of the planet Ke­pler-452b, the first near-Earth-size world to be found in the hab­it­able zone of a star that is sim­i­lar to our sun. NASA says its planet-hunt­ing tele­scope has found 10 new plan­ets out­side our so­lar sys­tem that are likely the right size and

tem­per­a­ture to po­ten­tially have life on them. (AP) NASA says its planet-hunt­ing tele­scope has found 10 new plan­ets out­side our so­lar sys­tem that are likely the right size and tem­per­a­ture to po­ten­tially have life on them.

As the Ke­pler tele­scope fin­ished its main mis­sion, NASA an­nounced Mon­day that it has seen a to­tal of 49 plan­ets in the Goldilocks zone for pos­si­ble life. And it only looked in a tiny part of the galaxy.

Ke­pler sci­en­tist Mario Perez says that means that “we are prob­a­bly not alone” be­cause four years of data show how com­mon Earth­like plan­ets can be. Out­side sci­en­tists agreed that this is a boost in the hope for life else­where.

NASA says sev­eral of the 10 new po­ten­tially hab­it­able plan­ets cir­cle stars sim­i­lar in size to our sun.

NASA also an­nounced 219 new plan­ets. (AP)

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