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NASA is expected to make an announcement Thursday on the progress of its Kepler spacecraft, which has been staring at one patch of space for evidence of other worlds.
The space agency has scheduled an afternoon teleconference with reporters to announce the results from Kepler, which include the "discovery of an intriguing planetary system," NASA officials said Monday.
Participating in the teleconference will be senior NASA scientists and Kepler mission researchers, including principal investigator William Borucki, at the space agency's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.
The Kepler space observatory hunts for Earth-like planets around other stars. In June, mission scientists announced it had found over 700 candidates, including five systems that appear to have more than one transiting planet.
Originally posted by FermiFlux
Interested seeing as astronomers at the ESO (European Southern Observatory) have just discovered a "rich exoplanet system" today.
If the two announcements are not connected then it's a good week for exoplanet research, regardless of how dull NASA's news will be on thursday.
Originally posted by franspeakfree
I am predicting that Never A Straight Answer will tell us that they have found more planets and that they need billions more of tax payers money in order to explore the possibilities of being able to sustain life on them $$$$$.
Whatever they know, they will certainly not be telling us anytime soon unless of course theirt hand is forced.
[edit on 24-8-2010 by franspeakfree]