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The Kepler spacecraft has found 2,325 exoplanets so far, but there’s still no place like Earth.
Live Science chose to frame the news optimistically. Its headline reads, “9 New Habitable Zone Planets! Huge Haul of Worlds Found By Space Telescope.” Exclamation point, even. But it takes more than being in the zone to qualify as an Earth twin. Two other news sites show a sad face at the news:
- 1st Alien Earth Still Elusive Despite Huge Exoplanet Haul (Space.com)
To find out what Norton says and to read the rest, click on "Earth Twin Still Missing in Exoplanet Trove".
To keep hope alive, optimists say Kepler is not done yet (it may work into 2018). Sooner or later we’ll get lucky, Andrew Norton says:
- More than 1,000 new exoplanets discovered – but still no Earth twin (Andrew Norton in The Conversation)