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Scientists looking for signs of life in the universe are inching closer to find Earth 2.
That was the consensus of a panel on the search for life in the universe held at NASA headquarters in Washington recently. The discussion focused on the technological advances made in an effort to answer that question.
Scientists said, they were very, very close in terms of technology and science to actually finding the other Earth and chance to find signs of life on another world.
Scientists have already made stellar strides in the past few years alone.
They credited the work of the Kepler Space Telescope for the new discovery of planets. The planet-hunting Kepler probe, launched in 2009, finds planets by looking for dips in the brightness of a star as a planet transits, or crosses, in front of that star.
Kepler also found the first Earth-size planet that orbits in a star’s habitable zone, the area around a star where a planet could exist with liquid water on its surface.
The Kepler mission builds upon the stalwart Hubble Space Telescope, which launched in 1990 and was the first of its kind to be placed in space.
The Earth, though 4.5 billion years old, is a newcomer with only about one-third of the age of the universe.
And our galaxy is ever-evolving, with about five or 10 new stars being born per year in our Milky Way.
NASA’s assembled panelists said, if they follow this map of stars, they’re certain to find a multitude of new planets.