NASA launched the Kepler Mission on March 6th 10:49 p.m. EST from Launch Complex 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Delta II rocket carrying the Kepler Telescope lifted off smoothly, free of technical issues or concerns. The scientific goal of the Kepler Mission is to explore the structure and diversity of planetary systems, with a special emphasis on the detection of Earth-size planets.
It will survey the extended solar neighborhood to detect and characterize hundreds of terrestrial and larger planets in or near the "habitable zone," defined by scientists as the distance from a star where liquid water can exist on a planet's surface. The results will yield a broad understanding of planetary formation, the frequency of formation, the structure of individual planetary systems, and the generic characteristics of stars with terrestrial planets.
The Kepler is the first space-based telescope designed to look for other planets like Earth around stars outside our solar system. If Kepler finds such planets, astronomers can turn ground-based telescopes toward the stars Kepler points out to find out more. NASA can also call on the Hubble Space Telescope and other orbiting observatories to conduct more detailed studies.
It should come as no surprise that there are indeed uncountable other planets out there where life exists and the conditions for life to exist elsewhere are no longer limited by our understanding of consciousness as separate from the underlying fabric of the cosmos, which is consciousness itself !
Contact with other human like galactic civilizations is soon to come ...
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