06 Dec '11, 3am

Nasa scientists find new Earth-like planet. That brings the total count of habitable planets to 3

WASHINGTON - A planet more like Earth than any yet discovered has been identified as a potential future home for mankind. Kepler 22b contains both land and water and has temperatures which average around 22° Celsius. It also contains the right atmosphere to potentially support life. But while astronomers believe that it "probably" also possesses water and land, earthlings secretly harbouring hopes that such a planet could potentially host new colonies from our own increasingly overpopulated home may be in for a disappointment. About 600 light-years from Earth, Kepler 22-b is a considerable trek away and experts are not yet sure if it is made mostly of rock, gas or liquid. The planet, where a year lasts 290 days, was first spotted two years ago. However, Nasa scientists using the agency's Kepler space telescope have now concluded that it offers the best hope yet for future ...

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