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Scientists announce most Earth-like world yet found - boosting chances in search for alien life
Analysis of Kepler's data indicates that the object takes 242 days to orbitits star, from which it is about three quarters as distant as the Earth is fromthe Sun.Astrophysicist Mario Livio, of the Space Telescope Science Institute inBaltimore, told SPACE.com
that the find was a 'big deal'.'It's definitely a good candidate for life,' he said.Christopher Burke of the SETI Institute announced the discovery of theplanet along with a batch of 461 new planet candidates spotted by Kepler sinceFebruary last year.Latest findings released by NASA show that since February last year therehave been 461 potential new planets discovered.These bring the total number of potential planets that have been identifiedby the Kepler mission to 2,740 and they orbit 2,036 stars.