Searching For Neighbors

Are we alone in this universe? That’s a question that’s been asked for decades by scientists. And the manager of the Kepler Space Telescope Project, Roger Hunter will try to answer that question as he leads NASA’s first mission to search our galaxy for Earth-size planets orbiting in habitable zones of their stars.

“We are trying to help answer some of the most fundamental questions the human race has pondered for generations,” said Hunter. “Are we alone? What is our place in the universe? Is there another Earth? If so, how many are there?”

Launched on March 6, 2009, the Kepler Space Telescope, named after astronomer Johannes Kepler who developed the laws of planetary motion, is the largest telescope launched into deep space beyond Earth’s orbit.

“Kepler is the best little planet finder ever made,” said Hunter.

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