NASA’s Kepler space probe finds 10 more planets that could support life

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NASA says its planet-hunting Kepler space telescope has found  219 possible new planets — including 10 that are likely the right size and temperature to potentially have life on them.

As the Kepler telescope finished its main mission, NASA announced Monday that it has seen a total of 49 planets in the so-called “Goldilocks zone” — not too hot, not too cold — meaning they could liquid water and possible life. And it only looked in a tiny part of the galaxy.

Kepler scientist Mario Perez says that means that “we are probably not alone” because four years of data show how common Earth-like planets can be. Outside scientists agreed that this is a boost in the hope for life elsewhere.

NASA says several of the 10 new potentially habitable planets circle stars similar in size to our sun.

Kepler sent back evidence of more than 1,200 exoplanets last year, and NASA says the mission has now identified 4,034 planet candidates, 2,335 of which have been verified as exoplanets (planets orbiting stars in other solar systems). 

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