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NASA has found a planet that is remarkably similar to Earth. The planet, named Kepler-22b, was found in the “habitable zone” solar system. The solar system contains a sun-like star, that Kepler-22b orbits, making it similar to our home planet.

Kepler-22b also has an average temperature of 72 degrees, which allows the ability to sustain water and possibly life. The only problem is that the planet is 600 light years away. NASA has announced that future missions and telescopes more powerful than Kepler will be required in order to determine possible life.

Kepler-22b is among fifty other planets that match Earth’s description. However, Kepler-22b is the most similar in size, 2.4 times the diameter of Earth, and climate.

“It’s great to be at this point where we have this milestone of finding this first super-Earth planet in the habitable zone of a sun-like star,” said co-investigator of the Kepler Mission, Jon Jenkins, according to nvonews.com.

For science lovers or students simply interested in extra terestrial life, this is a wonderful discovery. A discovery that will go down in history and hopefully lead to new life forms.

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