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Facts of the Matter: Exoplanets come to light with help of modern tools

  • NASA / ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2015

    NASA’s Kepler space telescope has been surveying the galaxy since 2009 to find planets that might resemble Earth. An artist’s rendering shows whatexoplanet Kepler-452b, which was one of the first near-Earth-size planets to be discovered, might look like.

Although we cannot measure “life” directly, astronomers have confidence that soon we will be able to reliably detect the chemicals of life such as oxygen, methane and nitrogen in the atmospheres of distant planets. Read more

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