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Posted 31 October 2013 - 12:02 AM
Scientists Discover the First Earth-Sized Rocky Planet
Astronomers have discovered the first Earth-sized planet outside the solar system that has a rocky composition like that of Earth. Kepler-78b whizzes around its host star every 8.5 hours, making it a blazing inferno and not suitable for life as we know it. The results are published in two papers in the journal Nature.
"The news arrived in grand style with the message: 'Kepler-10b has a baby brother,'" said Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. Batalha led the team that discovered Kepler-10b, a larger but also rocky planet identified by the Kepler spacecraft.
"Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-boggingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." - The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001
It appears there will be many planets found that are similar to Earth, but similar seems to cover a lot of variance when applied to planetary expectations relative to the Earth. I suspect that the probabilistic events that cascaded into our Earthly environment, the environment we would like to find elsewhere in the universe, could be a lengthy if not elusive endeavor.