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2014-02-26 16:22:31

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Kepler mission announced Wednesday the discovery of 715 new planets. These newly-verified worlds orbit 305 stars, revealing multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Nearly 95 percent of these planets are smaller than Neptune, which is almost four times the size of Earth. This discovery marks a significant increase in the number of known small-sized...

2013-04-18 16:20:54

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Kepler mission has discovered two new planetary systems that include three super-Earth-size planets in the "habitable zone," the range of distance from a star where the surface temperature of an orbiting planet might be suitable for liquid water. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The Kepler-62 system has five planets; 62b, 62c, 62d, 62e and 62f. The Kepler-69 system has two planets; 69b and 69c....

2013-02-20 12:21:22

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Kepler mission scientists have discovered a new planetary system that is home to the smallest planet yet found around a star similar to our sun. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The planets are located in a system called Kepler-37, about 210 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lyra. The smallest planet, Kepler-37b, is slightly larger than our moon, measuring about one-third the size of Earth. It...

2013-01-07 16:20:49

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- William Borucki, science principal investigator for NASA's Kepler mission at the agency's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field in California, is the recipient of the 2013 Henry Draper Medal awarded by the National Academy of Sciences. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Borucki is honored for his founding concept and visionary leadership during the development of Kepler, which uses transit photometry to...

2013-01-07 16:20:10

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Kepler mission Monday announced the discovery of 461 new planet candidates. Four of the potential new planets are less than twice the size of Earth and orbit in their sun's "habitable zone," the region in the planetary system where liquid water might exist on the surface of a planet. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Based on observations conducted from May 2009 to March 2011, the findings show a steady...

NASA's Kepler Mission Wins Aviation Week Award
2012-03-09 04:06:04

NASA's Kepler mission has been named the winner of the 2012 Aviation Week Laureate Award in the Space category, announced last night at the 55th annual black-tie awards dinner in Washington. Accepting the award on behalf of the Kepler mission team were Roger Hunter, Kepler project manager at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.; and James Fanson, who was the Kepler project manager during mission development at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Fanson is...

2012-03-08 11:39:00

BOULDER, Colo., March 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.'s Kepler Mission for NASA has been honored by Aviation Week and Space Technology with the publication's prestigious Laureate Award. The annual awards recognize individuals and teams for their extraordinary accomplishments and the inspiration they provide for others to strive for significant, broad-reaching progress in aviation and aerospace. (Photo:...

2012-01-26 14:06:00

MOFFET FIELD, Calif., Jan. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Kepler mission has discovered 11 new planetary systems hosting 26 confirmed planets. These discoveries nearly double the number of verified planets and triple the number of stars known to have more than one planet that transits, or passes in front of, the star. Such systems will help astronomers better understand how planets form. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO)...

Image 1 - Kepler Finds Two More Two-Sun Planets
2012-01-12 05:42:31

Astronomers announced the findings of two new circumbinary planets, or worlds that orbit two different stars, during the American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting in Austin, Texas on Wednesday. The discovery, which was presented by San Diego State University (SDSU) Associate Professor Dr. William Welsh and published online in the journal Nature, used data from NASA's Kepler Mission to locate a pair of transiting circumbinary planet systems. The two worlds, which have been dubbed...

2012-01-11 14:20:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Astronomers using data from NASA's Kepler mission have discovered the three smallest planets yet detected orbiting a star beyond our sun. The planets orbit a single star, called KOI-961, and are 0.78, 0.73 and 0.57 times the radius of Earth. The smallest is about the size of Mars. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) All three planets are thought to be rocky like Earth, but orbit close to their star....