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Orbiting high above the Earth’s atmosphere, NASA’s Kepler spacecraft is the most sophisticated planet-finding satellite ever constructed. Planets outside of our Solar System, mind you: exoplanets. Having not only found over 1,000 new exoplanets since launched, Kepler has also greatly expanded our catalog of potentially habitable planets!
With many more worlds just waiting to be found, Kepler has the world abuzz waiting for Tuesday’s big announcement: what, exactly, did they find? Is it a world even more like our own? (Remember, Kepler-22b isn’t our only hope, it’s just our best hope so far!) I don’t know what you’re waiting for; check and adopt the Exoplanets Trap for yourself and find out!