Apr 17, 2014 — Kepler-186f is almost the same size as Earth, and it orbits in its star's "Goldilocks zone"— where temperatures may be just right for life. But much is unknown because it's also 500 light-years away.
Nov 4, 2013 — A team of astronomers crunching data from the Kepler space telescope say 22 percent of Sun-like stars harbor Earth-like planets.
Oct 1, 2013 — Scientists publishing in Astrophysical Journal Letters say they've used space telescopes to record faint light from the distant planet to get a rough map of its atmosphere.
Aug 16, 2013 — Two of the four gyroscope-like wheels that keep the planet-hunting probe pointed in the right direction aren't working. NASA is exploring whether there might be other research projects Kepler can still carry out.
Jun 5, 2013 — Last week NASA scientists put the space telescope Kepler in a kind of technological coma. The craft, designed to search for Earth-like planets orbiting stars in our cosmic neighborhood (within a few thousand light-years, that is), failed and seems to be unfixable. But it has left us with an undeniable legacy.
Jun 19, 2012 — For that one moment all the meaning and concern I schlep from one day to the next just evaporated before my small place in this very big galaxy.
Dec 21, 2011 — Though scientists don't think the planets could sustain life, they say their discovery is significant because it shows that we can now detect planets that are roughly the same size as our own.