The search for an Earth 2 continues nearing its end, and today NASA has made an exciting statement related to the Kepler mission. Apparently, the US space agency has discovered the first planet similar to Earth in size, located in the “habitable zone” of a Sun-like star. The newly discovered Kepler-452b is the smallest planet discovered orbiting in the habitable zone, according to NASA.
In a statement dated 07.23.2015 today, NASA announced that the confirmation of Kepler-452b brings the total number of planets until 1030.
“We can think of Kepler-452b as a bigger cousin of the Earth that gives us an opportunity to understand and reflect on the changing environment of our planet,” said Jon Jenkins, head of analysis of data from the Kepler Mission Center NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, who led the team that made the discovery. “It is inspiring to realize that this planet has spent 6 billion years in the habitable zone of its star, longer than Earth. This will be given to life an important opportunity to emerge, if all the ingredients necessary conditions exist on this planet. “.
The planet, which is about 60% larger than the Earth in terms of diameter, is located in the constellation Cygnus, about 1400 light years away. Scientists have yet to determine its mass and composition, although previous research with similar sized planets that could be rocky indicate.
Will this be the first of many worlds “twins” to ours? I hope I live long enough to see the proposed HDST those worlds searching for clues that indicate the presence of life.