Tuesday, April 24, 2007

ET! Anyone Home?

Astronomers have found the most Earth-like planet outside our Solar System, a world which could have water running on its surface. In January 2004, President Bush identified the search for Earth-like planets as a goal in his vision for space exploration. In response, NASA has identified "Earth-like Planets and Life" as one of four key research areas in its Vision for Space Exploration.

Check out Nasa's 3-D Terrestrial Planet Finder and Alien Earth's beta site. The interactive Looking For Life activity in "Are We Alone?" is especially cool! If you are a fascinated with all this "space stuff" check out the SkyWatch podcast, Nasa BrainBites or Ask An Astronomer podcast.

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