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Launched in March 2009, Kepler is NASA's first spacecraft to detect Earth-size planets in the just-right Goldilocks habitable zone of other stars.
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NASA Ames Apr 19
🎶 A whole new world! 🎶 Astronomers using data from our planet-hunting space telescope have discovered a third planet orbiting two stars located approximately 3,340 light-years away! Meet the new planet, dubbed Kepler-47d:
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NASA Kepler and K2 Apr 16
Congratulations to 🛰️ on discovering your first Earth-size planet beyond our solar system! 🙌
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NASA Ames Apr 13
Will the next planet be discovered by you? This , join us in the search for new worlds beyond our solar system ✨. Explore data from our planet-hunting space telescopes now! 🛰️ : 🛰️ :
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NASA Ames Mar 28
Using data from our planet-hunting space telescope, a high school student has uncovered the potential for hundreds of Earth-like planets beyond our solar system! Learn how she did it and what her findings mean for our search for new worlds:
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NASA Ames Mar 14
How many worlds like 🌎 are there in our galaxy? To help answer that ❓, we use pi to determine the range of distances from a ⭐️ where liquid water could pool on the surface of a rocky planet. This range is referred to as a star’s habitable zone:
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NASA Kepler and K2 Mar 6
The planet-hunting space telescope was launched into space 10 years ago in 2009. Here are five amazing facts about the mission that will blow you away:
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NASA Ames Feb 14
It was love at first light. In 2009, opened its eyes on a star-studded patch of sky in the constellations Cygnus and Lyra. Approximately 4.5 million stars were visible in the spacecraft’s field of view, seen here. Learn more:
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NASA Kepler and K2 Feb 14
Happy ! Got a special someone in your life? Show your love with one of these adorable XOplanet Valentines cards:
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NASA Ames Feb 12
What’s ? Telling someone they're as unique as the only life-bearing planet we know. 🌎 See more out-of-this-world cards to send to that space-ial person in your life:
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NASA Ames Feb 6
What’s going on in this picture? 🤔 Before its retirement, caught a pixelated view of the renowned TRAPPIST-1 planetary system with its seven rocky planets and other faraway worlds orbiting stars light-years from Earth. Take a look:
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NASA Kepler and K2 Feb 6
One last look at our galaxy. A sea of stars fills the space telescope's field of view in this awe-inspiring final image taken by the planet-hunting spacecraft. In 9+ years, the mission discovered more than 2,600 worlds beyond our solar system:
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NASA Feb 5
Are you itching to escape the daily grind? We’ve got just the thing: exploring the galaxy! Visit destination planets, such as Kepler-16b, where there are a pair of suns in the sky ☀️ (Don’t forget your suntan lotion!) Book your next trip today:
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NASA JPL Jan 7
Citizen scientists discover new world with data. The planet orbits a cool, dim star 226 light-years away:
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NASA Ames Dec 7
star wash (noun) star·wash Definition of star wash 1 : the Science Processing Operations Center at for advancing the discovery of exoplanets and other astronomical phenomena ✨ 2 : where new planet discoveries begin Learn more:
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NASA Kepler and K2 Dec 1
KABOOM! 💥 Before its retirement, the space telescope captured the first moments of a dying star erupting in a galaxy far away. Observations of the light emitted by the blast are helping astronomers solve the mystery of how stars explode:
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NASA Kepler and K2 Nov 16
The idea of planets orbiting distant stars was popularized by the sci-fi books astronomer Courtney Dressing read growing up. Thanks to ’s discoveries, stories borne from the pages of science fiction are now science fact:
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NASA Kepler and K2 Nov 16
Astronomer Geert Barentsen says the space telescope has helped us answer some big questions about our place in the universe. “Earth is not alone. There are planets everywhere in our galaxy!”
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NASA Kepler and K2 Nov 16
As a child, researcher Jon Jenkins would gaze at the night sky and wonder if there were planets around the stars he was looking at…and if anyone else was looking back 👽:
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NASA Kepler and K2 Nov 16
The space telescope has transformed our view of the cosmos, showing us there are in our galaxy! Hear from experts who worked on the mission about what the discovery means to them:
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NASA Kepler and K2 Nov 16
Who was Johannes Kepler, ’s namesake? The German astronomer, who passed away on Nov. 15, 1630, studied the motion of planets. We use his laws of planetary motion to discover habitable worlds. Learn more:
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