Kepler: First Space Mission Looking for Earth-size Planets

If you haven’t heard about the Kepler mission yet, you should.  The mission is set to launch in a little over two weeks so the excitement is building.  Kepler is a mission that will search for Earth size planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy.  For thousands of years, humans have looked up to the sky and wondered if we are alone.  It is a question that nearly every human has pondered at one time or another.

Soon we may have an answer to that question.  

The Kepler mission is designed to survey our region of the Milky Way galaxy to discover hundreds of Earth-size planets in or near the habitable zone and determine the fraction of the hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy that might have such planets.

Stay tuned to find out more about how the Kepler mission will do this.