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NASA scientists discover possible Earth-sized planet

08-27-2010 13:35 BJT

BEIJING, Aug. 27 (Xinhuanet) -- NASA scientist said they spotted a possible planet with a diameter of 1.5 times of the size of the Earth surrounding a Sun-like star with a distance of more than 2,000 light-years from the Earth, according to the New York Times on Friday.

Scientists working on NASA's Kepler satellite reported that this was the first announcement of spotting a possible Earth-sized planet by the mission.

One of the leading scientists, Harvard University's Dr. Matthew Holman, said that the scientists are still working to confirm the details of the possible planet.

Holman said that this discovery was a significant step toward Kepler's goal of determining the frequency of Earth-sided planets surrounding the Sun-like stars.

Researchers are searching for Earth-sized planets in other areas in the Universe as they have found the structures and formations of many planetary systems are similar to the solar system.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhuanet

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