NASA to Expand its Search for Earth-like Planets

The search for Earth 2.0 just got more serious. NASA has teamed up with MIT scientists to expand the search for planets beyond our solar system. The mission's primary goal: identify terrestrial planets in the habitable zone of their parent stars – the region surrounding a star where it is possible for a planet to… » 4/09/13 9:10am 4/09/13 9:10am

Here are 160 billion reasons to be excited about the search for habitable planets

We used to think our planet was unique, but discoveries by planet-hunting missions like Kepler continue to indicate that the the odds of Earth being one-of-a-kind are incredibly slim. Now, findings published in today's issue of Nature suggest that there are far more planets in our galaxy that we ever imagined: » 1/12/12 3:40pm 1/12/12 3:40pm