Kepler Space Telescope to hunt for Earth-like Planets

Kepler Space Telescope To Hunt For Earth-Like Planets. PC Magazine,2817,2412264,00.asp (11/19, Poeter, 608K) reported, “NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler space telescope discovered more than 100 confirmed planets in its just-completed main mission and will now begin to hunt for Earth-like planets on an extended mission that could last to 2016, the space agency announced this week.” In a statement, William Borucki, Kepler principal investigator at NASA’s Ames Research Center, remarked, “The initial discoveries of the Kepler mission indicate at least a third of the stars have planets and the number of planets in our galaxy must number in the billions. The planets of greatest interest are other Earths and these could already be in the data awaiting analysis. Kepler’s most exciting results are yet to come.”