Earth-Size Planet Kepler-186f, a Possibly Habitable Alien World (Gallery)

Kepler Spacecraft Sets Sights on Earth-like Planets

NASA/Tim Jacobs

Technicians working inside the Astrotech Space Operations facility near NASA's Kennedy Space Center look over the Kepler spacecraft soon after it arrived in Florida in preparation for launch. [Read the Full Story]

How the Planet-Finding Kepler Space Telescope Works

Karl Tate, contributor

The mission of the Kepler Space Telescope is to identify and characterize Earth-size planets in the habitable zones of nearby stars. [See how NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft works in this infographic] [Read the Full Story]

Kepler Field of View Star Chart

Software Bisque

This star chart illustrates the large patch of sky that NASA's Kepler mission will stare at for the duration of its three-and-a-half-year lifetime. The planet hunter's full field of view occupies 100 square degrees of our Milky Way galaxy, in the constellations Cygnus and Lyra. [Read the Full Story]

Kepler Space Telescope's Exoplanet Bonanza Explained (Infographic)

By Karl Tate, Infographics Artist

A powerful new technique for hunting alien planets yields a major new crop of new worlds. [See how Kepler made the planet discoveries in this infographic] [Read the Full Story]

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