No, NASA Did Not Discover Over 1,200 Planets Crawling With Alien Life

Astronaut Scott Kelly once said that space is hard.” Something else that’s apparently hard: space journalism. It’s extremely easy to veer into a ditch and begin making conjectures that stretch the truth — or flat out make false claims. Observe:

That’s the Daily Express, a UK tabloid with a circulation of more than 430,000, basically telling readers that NASA is telling people it found over 1,200 planets all with the potential to hold alien life.

That’s not true. At all. What...


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