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Transcript of Kepler Mission
a Habitable Planet? How Many Confirmed Planets
Have They Already Found? 105 confirmed planets How Much Longer Would
The Kepler Mission be Funded? It was originally due to end on November 2012, but they extended it to the year of 2016 What happens once a planet is found? Why is NASA constantly searching for habitable planets? What's so unique about Earth that makes it habitable? You find the planet by a method known as the transmit method of planet finding. When you see a planet pass in front of its parent star, it blocks a small fraction of the light from that star. When this happens, we say that the planet is transiting a star. From the time between transits, we can tell the size of a planet's orbit and estimate the planet's temperature. These qualities help us determine possibilities for life on a planet. What kind of "life" is NASA looking for? Once a planet is found they try to learn more about it like send satellites and try to see what it looks like and find out its orbit and other important aspects about the planet. The reason why NASA is constantly looking for habitable planets is because they want to see if we can live places other than Earth. To make earth habitable, life seems limited temperature range of minus 15C to 115C. In this range liquid water can survive in certain conditions. Water is regularly available. Also, The earth has a perfect sized atmosphere. It keeps the surface warm and protects from radiation. The life NASA is looking for is anything human like. For example, aliens.