NASA's Kepler spacecraft is seen in an undated artist's rendering. REUTERS/NASA/Handout via Reuters
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NASA Tuesday announced the discovery of 1,284 new planets outside our solar system, more than doubling the number of known exoplanets found with the Kepler space telescope.It works by observing a dimming in the light of a star, known as a transit, each time an orbiting planet passes in front of it.However, Kepler is a "statistical mission," NASA scientists said, and is not designed to probe further into the conditions of certain planets that exist in the so-called "Goldilocks zone" of their stars – neither too hot nor too cold to sustain life.NASA saved it back then, and set the spacecraft on a new mission called K2, to study supernovas, star clusters and far-off galaxies.
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