1,284 new planets: Kepler mission announces largest collection ever discovered

May 10, 2016 7:25 PM

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1,284 new planets: Kepler mission announces largest collection ever discovered

NASA's Kepler mission has verified 1,284 new planets – the single largest finding of planets to date.

"This announcement more than doubles the number of confirmed planets from Kepler," said Ellen Stofan, chief scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "This gives us hope that somewhere out there, around a star much like ours, we can eventually discover another Earth."

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