NASA Discovers Earth-Like Planet, and It Could Have Life

NASA's Kepler mission has discovered the first confirmed Earth-like planet in the hospitable zone of its parent star. The planet, called Kepler-452b, is around 60% bigger than our Earth.

Kepler data analysis lead Jon Jenkins said "we can think of Kepler-452b as an older, bigger cousin to Earth." Jenkins and his team determined the planet has spent 6 billion years in its sun's hospitable zone," giving it "substantial opportunity for life to arise."

The planet orbits its star in the...

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