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NASA: Universe Likely Contains Many Earth-Like Planets

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November 04, 2013 AT 6:23 PM
While it may be to soon to say for sure that we're not alone in the universe, new analysis certainly seems to suggest that we are not - or at least our planet is not - that special. As scientists continue to analyze the data collected by the now-crippled Kepler planet-spotting spacecraft over four years, they keep adding to their list of other potential worlds in the universe. So far, five planets that exist in the habitable zone where life could be possible have been confirmed from Kepler data, but now an independent statistical analysis of that data finds that one in five stars like the sun is home to a planet similar in size to Earth and orbiting in a temperate environment.