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NASA just discovered 219 new planets—including 10 Earth-like ones

NASA just discovered 219 new planets—including 10 Earth-like ones
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We all want to escape this precious world of ours at times. Soon... We might be able to?

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) just discovered 219 new planets outside of our own, including ten that "are potentially temperate, rocky worlds like Earth," according to National Geographic

The discovery comes courtesy of the Kepler Space Telescope, launched by NASA in 2009, which "uses the blinking and dimming of distant aliens stars to spot planets that might orbit around them," explains Popular Science. Basically, the Earth-like planets are the right distance from the parent stars for water, a key ingredient for life, to potentially grow on their respective surfaces.

“An important question for us is, ‘Are we alone?’” Kepler program scientist Mario Perez said. “Maybe Kepler today is telling us indirectly [...] that we are not alone.” 

See you on another planet, America.

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