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NASA: „Goldilocks Planet Will Be Found Within Next Two Years“

Certainly you remember the story of Goldilocks and the tree bears told to you as a child by a knowing adult? What does a fairy tale have to do with Space exploration? As the numbers mount, it seems to be just a matter of time before finds what astronomers are really looking for:  an Earth-like planet orbiting its star in the „Goldilocks zone“—that is, at just the right distance for liquid water and life.

„I believe Kepler will find a ‚Goldilocks planet‘ within the next two years,“ says Shawn Domagal-Goldman, a researcher at HQ who specializes in exoplanet biology. „We’ll be able to point at a specific star in the night sky and say ‚There it is—a planet that could support life!'“

Kepler has already located a few Earth-sized , but they are too close for comfort to their parent stars.  These recent finds have heightened the sense that a big discovery is just around the corner.

 

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März 31, 2012 - Posted by | Presse |

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