NASA to reveal latest in hunt for 'another Earth' beyond our solar system
The space agency says it will stream its news live on Monday, June 19, at 11am EDT.
Launched in 2009, the Kepler telescope has led the search for Earth-sized planets in or around the habitable zone of other stars. So far the observatory has unearthed thousands of planets across a range of sizes.
Speculation is mounting as to what NASA is preparing to announce next week, with Twitter users placing extraterrestrial life and another habitable planet on top of their wishlist.
This kind of news makes my day!— Nikesh H. Shamdasani (@NikeshHS) June 12, 2017
Often when @NASAKepler makes these announcements they've found something either potentially habitable. What have they found now? Stay tuned!— Justin Davenport (@Bubbinski) June 13, 2017
NASA plans to study the seven worlds using the James Webb Space Telescope. Scientists hope the mission will “help us find out if any of these planets could possibly support life.”
The James Webb Telescope is scheduled to launch in October 2018.