Friday, March 06, 2009

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler telescope

I'm excited about this news!

NASA to Launch Planet-Hunting Kepler Spacecraft Tonight

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler telescope is poised for a late-night launch tonight to begin seeking out Earth-like planets circling distant stars.

The $600 million Kepler spacecraft is slated to blast off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station tonight at 10:49 p.m. EST (0349 March 7 GMT) on a mission that could profoundly change how humans perceive their role in the universe.

"It very possibly could tell us that Earths are very, very common, that we have lots of neighbors out there," said Ed Weiler, NASA's associate administrator for science missions. "Or it could tell us that Earths are really, really rare, and we're all alone out there."

LINK: Kepler - A Search for Habitable Planets


tina FCD said...

That IS exciting! I wonder if other life forms are going to think we are nuts believing in gods? Well, not WE, but others.

Stardust said...

tina, if any other life forms have come our way, they were probably intelligent enough not to even land here.