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  • Third planet found orbiting Proxima Centauri

    Laurel KornfeldFebruary 22nd, 2022

    Proxima Centauri, the star closest to our Sun, may host a third planet that has just 25% the mass of Earth, according to a new study published in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics.

  • The Genesis Project: Sending interstellar probes to seed life on exoplanets

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 11th, 2016

    German physicist Claudius Gros envisions an interstellar mission that could send microbial life to extrasolar planets that are not permanently uninhabitable. The proposed “Genesis Project” aims to send a fleet of robotic spacecraft equipped with onboard gene laboratories in order to bring life to distant planets with transient habitability.

  • Earth-size planet discovered around nearest stellar neighbor

    Bart LeahyAugust 27th, 2016

    An international team of scientists working with the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile has published a paper in the journal Nature reporting a rocky planet approximately 1.3 times the size of Earth has been detected orbiting Proxima Centauri, a small red dwarf star 4.25 light-years from Earth.

  • Kepler Space Telescope discovers Earth-sized Planet in star’s habitable zone

    SpaceFlight InsiderApril 17th, 2014

    Today, astronomers working with the Kepler space telescope announced the discovery of the first Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting within the habitable zone of its host star. A star’s habitable zone is the area around a star where the conditions would be ideal for liquid water to pool on the planet’s surface. Many factors contribute to a planet’s […]

  • Carbon Worlds May be Waterless, Finds NASA Study

    Press ReleaseOctober 28th, 2013

    Planets rich in carbon, including so-called diamond planets, may lack oceans, according to NASA-funded theoretical research.