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News Archive / Tagged: exoplanets

  • Vita ignotum: How will NASA recognize life as we do not know it?

    Jason RhianJune 26th, 2018

    Since humanity realized that other worlds orbited distant stars, we have wondered what life on these far-flung planets might look like. While Star Trek and other series have depicted the life of these planets as, essentially, humans with bumpy heads - NASA is considering all the possibilities of what alien life might actually be like.

  • Exoplanet-hunting TESS spacecraft ready for launch

    Michael ColeApril 15th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA and SpaceX are set to launch the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). If everything goes according to plan, the observatory will conduct a two-year mission to survey more than 85 percent of the sky, searching for exoplanets around bright stars in the 300-light-year distance range.

  • NASA telescopes discover water-rich exoplanet atmosphere

    Christopher PaulMarch 4th, 2018

    Scientists using NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes in concert have examined the elemental composition of a distant exoplanet's atmosphere in the highest detail yet. The planet, designated WASP-39b, is about the same mass as Saturn, but has three times as much water, according to NASA.

  • Artificial intelligence doesn’t find aliens – does find new exoplanets in old Kepler data

    Laurel KornfeldDecember 15th, 2017

    Contrary to what other outlets attempted to suggest, NASA did not announce it had discovered aliens. Rather, a computer trained to find exoplanets by identifying weak signals in data collected by NASA's Kepler mission discovered two new planets, each in multi-planet systems.