NASA planet hunter rockets into space
Published 03/06/2009, Associated Press
Kepler telescope will look for Earth-like planets
It’s the first mission capable of answering the age-old question: Are other worlds like ours out there? The goal is to find, if they’re there, Earth-like planets circling stars in the so-called habitable zone — orbits where liquid water could be present on the surface of the planets. That would mean there are lots of places out there for life to evolve, said Kepler’s principal scientist, Bill Borucki.