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In the past six years, we have discovered 1,031 planets circling around distant stars “in the habitable zone” (i.e. not too cold, not too hot… able to sustain life).
These are 1,000 of an estimated 40 billion Earth-sized planets within the Milky Way that have been identified by an incredible spacecraft called Kepler.
Launched in 2009, Kepler is a NASA space observatory designed and managed by NASA Ames (Mountain View, CA), as the first step to discovering life in our universe.
The Kepler Mission
The Kepler Mission was “designed to survey our region of the Milky Way galaxy to discover hundreds of Earth-size and smaller planets in or near the habitable zone and determine the fraction of the hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy that might have such planets.”
The fraction, per former NASA Ames Director Pete Worden, is about 25% (more on Pete in a moment).
Kepler’s sole instrument is a photometer. This instrument “continuously monitors the brightness of over 145,000 main sequence stars in a fixed field of view.
This data is transmitted to Earth, then analyzed to detect periodic dimming caused by extrasolar planets that cross in front of their host star.”
The mission has been wildly successful and is still imaging the sky as we speak, despite the fact that Kepler was only commissioned to last until 2013.
One of the heroes of Kelper, responsible for making it a success, is now responsible for searching for intelligent life in our universe (SETI).
Meet Pete Worden
In my Abundance 360 webinar this week, I had a chance to talk with incredible visionary Dr. Pete Worden, a dear friend of mine for the past 30 years.
Pete has had a storied career.
He received his Ph.D in Astronomy, is a retired Brigadier General of the U.S. Air Force, and the past head of technology for the U.S. Strategic Defense —> Read More