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NASA is gearing up for a space race that's expected to point to the first truly Earthlike worlds beyond our solar system - and, like the race to put the first human on the moon, this marathon will take several years to run.
Next month, NASA picks up the pace with the launch of its Kepler satellite, equipped with a planet-seeking telescope that has some advantages over Corot. Astronomers expect Kepler to turn up some true Earthlike planets, in Earthlike orbits, around sunlike stars.
Originally posted by projectvxn
What do you want to bet they know where some of these Earthlike planets are? I'd stake an Obama re-election on it. Another Kennedy looking to put humans among the stars? Looks like history might be repeating itself with this. I wonder what NASA's budget would look like if they found an Earthlike planet within weeks or months of observation time shortly after launch?
Originally posted by InfaRedMan
Great article. I hope NASA don't time release information or use dangling carrot tactics... like when they need more government funding.