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NASA'S Kepler Mission Discovers Its First Rocky Planet
NASA ^ | 01/10/11

Posted on 01/10/2011 4:32:01 PM PST by KevinDavis

NASA's Kepler mission confirmed the discovery of its first rocky planet, named Kepler-10b. Measuring 1.4 times the size of Earth, it is the smallest planet ever discovered outside our solar system.

The discovery of this so-called exoplanet is based on more than eight months of data collected by the spacecraft from May 2009 to early January 2010.

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TOPICS: Astronomy
KEYWORDS: kepler10b; space; xplanets
When we do find a planet that is like ours, I'm going to laugh at every flat earther Luddite.
1 posted on 01/10/2011 4:32:05 PM PST by KevinDavis
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2 posted on 01/10/2011 4:33:14 PM PST by KevinDavis (If you buy a car from GM, you are supporting Obama..)
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Are we not alone? and SC is this worthy of your ping list?

3 posted on 01/10/2011 4:42:56 PM PST by gleeaikin
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Even more astounding is the fact that NASA found a writer who resisted the urge to call it “earthlike”.

4 posted on 01/10/2011 4:45:01 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: KevinDavis exoplanet...

Why does the writer think that this is not really an exoplanet? Perhaps the writer's just an idiot, and doesn't understand the meaning of these words.

5 posted on 01/10/2011 5:05:02 PM PST by 3niner (When Obama succeeds, America fails.)
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The first Rocky planet is named Kepler-10b? Why not Stallone?

6 posted on 01/10/2011 5:07:37 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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Thanks for the pings gleeaikin and KevinDavis.
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7 posted on 01/10/2011 5:23:11 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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For God´s sake, Data!

8 posted on 01/10/2011 10:54:37 PM PST by onedoug
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Here’s data:

In brief:
Orbital Period-just under 306 days,
4.56 x Earth Mass,
1.42 x Earth Radius.

Parent star: Kepler-10 is a relatively old (11.9±4.5 Gyr) but otherwise Sun-like Main Sequence star with
Teff = 5627±44K,
Mass = 0.895±0.060 Solar Masses,
R = 1.056 ± 0.021 Solar Radii.

9 posted on 01/10/2011 11:22:59 PM PST by saundby
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