I’ve been reflecting on the events surrounding the TED lecture by my colleague, Dimitar Sasselov. There is disappointment in the air. People who were misled to believe that Kepler had found many other earths out there now realize that this isn’t the case. I understand how they must feel. I admit that I feel a little bit disappointed too, though not for the same reason. I and my colleagues have worked hard to understand our data and to plan out the analysis in a systematic and methodical way. We are excited by the small, but steady stream of discoveries that we are making. And we have full confidence that one day we will learn something profound about habitable, earth-size planets in our galaxy. I felt a bit derailed and stunned by the announcement of 140 “earth-like” planets by my colleague. I admit that I, like many out there, understood it to mean “earth-size” and “habitable”. And even though I now understand that this isn’t what he meant, I admit that I still feel a bit disappointed.