NASA: planet search mission a success

August 6, 2009 11:42:10 PM PDT
NASA said a satellite sent deep into space to search for new earthlike planets is a major success. The "Kepler's" mission is to find potentially habitable worlds in the far reaches of the galaxy.

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The "Kepler's" mission is to find potentially habitable worlds in the far reaches of the galaxy.

NASA says it proved itself by quickly and easily finding an already known distant planet and sending back new information about it.

Over the next few years, it will circle the sun, scanning thousands of stars in the constellations of Cygnus and Lyra, looking for planets.

Kepler was a pioneering 17th century astronomer.

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