NASA telescope finds 503 new planet candidates

06/18/2013 | Space.com

The NASA Kepler telescope has detected 503 new potential planets that could be capable of supporting life, NASA scientists reported last week. Scientists have already confirmed 132 planets of the telescope's 3,216 total discoveries, observed during its May 2009 to March 2012 mission before it was crippled by two malfunctioning reaction wheels used for precision. "We have excellent data for an additional two years. So I think the most interesting, exciting discoveries are coming in the next two years," said Kepler principal investigator Bill Borucki.

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