NASA announces new discoveries in search for other Earth-like planets

1. Animation of newly-discovered planet Kepler 62e ++MUTE++
2. Animation of second newly-discovered planet Kepler 62f ++MUTE++
3. Graphic of Kepler telescope ++MUTE++
4. Wide of news conference
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Paul Hertz, Astrophysics Director, NASA Headquarters:
“Today’s announcement is about a Kepler discovery, one which takes us on the path towards understanding how many planets there are around other stars and whether they are small enough to be rocky, and whether any of them might be habitable and have liquid water on them. This is a gradual path that Kepler’s been taking us down and today’s exciting announcement takes us even closer to that goal of finding habitable planets around other stars.”
6. Graphic with chart showing numbers of Kepler planet candidates
7. SOUNDBITE: (English) William Borucki, Principal Investigator for NASA’s Kepler Mission: ++AUDIO CONTINUES OVER SHOTS 8 TO 11++
“Today I’d like to announce, these two planets, some of them larger than the earth, in the habitable zone of a single star, the planet in the centre there is a little bit bigger than the earth, 1.4 times the size of the earth, in this animation we can see ourselves flying through past the two outer planets, and then we come to the inner planets. There are three inner planets, one of which is the size of Mars. We look at the star itself, that star is two thirds the size of the sun, it’s about one-fifth as luminous as the sun, but it’s older than the sun.”
8. Animation of the new planets compared to earth ++MUTE++
9. Animation of how new planets orbit their star ++MUTE++
10. Graphic of Habitable Zone surrounding starts of different temperatures ++MUTE++
11. Graphic of sizes of three new planets compared to Earth on the right ++MUTE++
12. SOUNDBITE: (English) Lisa Kaltenegger, Research Group Leader for Max Planck Institute of Astronomy:
“So if you land on the other one don’t take off your space suit, because it’s not very good for us to breathe more than one bar, or a lot of CO2, we’ll have to get some masks to do that. While the other one potentially is going to be very hot and muggy, but doesn’t need that kind of CO2, again, we don’t know how these worlds could at all develop, but if you want to write a science fiction story and you land on both, at least we’re sure that on f, you don’t want to take your mask thingy off.”
13. Graphic of new planet Kepler-69c compared to earth ++MUTE++
14. SOUNDBITE: (English) Thomas Barclay, Research Scientist on NASA’s Kepler Mission:
“Studies of what the habitable zone is are ongoing and I think that what the most exciting thing is is this is no longer an academic theoretical exercise, because we are finding planets that really fit into these models, can really test our new understandings of what is going on. I think it’s very exciting. There is, probably this planet is closer to a Venus to an Earth, but we’re not sure. It has an orbital period between Venus and Earth, it’s longer than Venus, and it’s around a cooler star, slightly, but still very similar to the sun.”
15. Wide of news conference
NASA announced on Thursday that its planet-hunting telescope has discovered two planets that seem like ideal places for some sort of life to flourish.
They are just the right size and in just the right place near their star.
The distant duo are the best candidates for habitable planets that astronomers have found so far, said William Borucki, the chief scientist for NASA’s Kepler telescope mission.
Borucki talked through an animation showing the size of the planets and their inner planets.
The discoveries mark a milestone in the search for planets where life could exist.

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