Archive for March, 2009

Kepler Mission – Aiming at a New Earth – With Edna DeVore

Excitement Builds for Kepler Mission


Edna DeVore, Co-I, Kepler Mission Education & Public Outreach

SETI Institute, Director of Education and Public Outreach


Four centuries after Johannes Kepler first described how planets orbit the Sun, NASA’s Kepler mission launches in search of Earth-size planets around distant stars.


Kepler will seek evidence of planets by observing more than 100,000 stars continuously, looking for the tiny dip in brightness caused by a planetary transit. I’m sure that Johannes would be amazed; I know that I am. The launch is scheduled from Cape Canaveral, Fla., at 10:49 p.m. EST on Friday, March 6. That’s tomorrow, and the countdown in underway. The excitement is palpable.

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