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    Kepler Spacecraft Liftoff Successful!

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/space/0...ets/index.html

    NASA launched its Kepler spacecraft just before 11 p.m. Friday in a mission that the agency says may fundamentally change humanity's view of itself.

    The Kepler spacecraft blasted into space on top of a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

    The telescope will search our corner of the Milky Way galaxy for Earth-like planets.


    Kepler is in orbit! Let's see what it finds!

    If you've never heard of the Kepler Mission before, here's a link:

    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/ke...ain/index.html
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    i saw the launch from my house. gotta love night launchs!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jared81 View Post
    i saw the launch from my house. gotta love night launchs!
    I'm jealous! I really want to catch a shuttle launch before they end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LouPhinFan View Post
    I'm jealous! I really want to catch a shuttle launch before they end.

    they are definetly worth seeing, for me it never gets old, my uncle and grandfather used to work for nasa so ive always had respect for what they do.
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    Sweetness.

    I was REALLY hoping there would be no explosion of this rocket on takeoff.
    I can't wait to see the findings.
    I suspect it will find nearly 1 earth-type planet (in the habitable zone) per star.
    It's searching 100,000 nearby stars, so I'm guessing at least 50,000 - 100,000 earth-like planets.

    Next - the TPL satellite in a few years to actually "see" these planets directly.
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