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The Kepler Mission, a NASA Discovery mission, is specifically designed to survey our region of the Milky Way galaxy to detect and characterize hundreds of Earth-size and smaller planets in or near the habitable zone. The habitable zone encompasses the distances from a star where liquid water can exist on a planet's surface.Results from this mission will allow us to place our solar system within the continuum of planetary systems in the Galaxy.


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Stephen Unwin
Affiliates - Principal Scientist