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The most recent analysis of Kepler's findings concludes that between 20 and 50 percent of stars visible in the night sky are likely to have small, possibly rocky, planets similar in size to Earth and located within the habitable zone. of its stars.

"I'm excited about the diverse discoveries that are yet to come from our data and how future missions will build upon Kepler's results".

The founder of the Kepler mission, William Borucki, recalled that when this idea was conceived 35 years ago, humanity "did not know of a single planet" outside the solar system.

When the telescope was launched, it carried 12 liters of fuel for its engine, which was used to correct its drifts and control its orbit.

Before retiring the spacecraft, scientists pushed Kepler to its full potential, successfully completing multiple observation campaigns and downloading valuable science data even after initial warnings of low fuel. To date, Kepler has discovered a total of 2,818 exoplanets and another 2,679 candidates waiting for further explorations.

Kepler was launched in 2009 and was expected to continue transmissions from the largest digital space camera then in use for three and a half years. Kepler has also identified thousands more possible planets that are pending further investigation. It explored an area of 150,000 stars in the Cygnus constellation. Before Kepler, we had discovered just a few hundred exoplanets, but the technology of the Kepler, allowed scientists to add more than 2,600 exoplanets to our databases.

"The Kepler mission was based on a very innovative design".

This image was spotted as part of Hubble mission to better understand how new stars are born.

Called the transit method, Kepler would be able to spot an exoplanet if it saw a star momentarily dim, signifying a celestial body had crossed in front of the star.

According to NASA, that means they are located at distances from their stars where liquid water, a vital ingredient for life as we know it, could accumulate on the surface of the planet.

Black holes are among the most elusive objects in the universe, but research out of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) suggests the remnant cores of burned-out stars could be the key to making the first observation ...

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