NASA's Kepler spacecraft finds first alien planet of new mission

December 19, 2014 1:12 PM

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NASA's Kepler spacecraft finds first alien planet of new mission

This artist's concept shows the first planet discovered by NASA's Kepler spacecraft during its K2 mission, a "super Earth" called HIP 116454b. The planet has a diameter of 20,000 miles, weighs 12 times as much as Earth and orbits its star once (David A. Aguilar (CfA))

An artist's illustration depcits NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft working in a new mission profile called K2. Astronomers have used publicly available data to confirm K2's first exoplanet discovery, proving Kepler can still locate planet (NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T Pyle)

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