Nasa Camera Will Search For Earthlike Planets

02.20.09 | FL News Team

A U.S. spacecraft carrying the biggest camera ever sent into space is scheduled to launch next month. The Kepler spacecraft will scour our neighborhood in the Milky Way galaxy for warm, rocky planets similar to Earth that may also be able to host life.

NASA says the Kepler spacecraft will spend the next three-and-a-half years examining more than 100-thousand stars similar to our own sun and searching for planets of similar to our own. Kepler is scheduled to blast off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a Delta-2 rocket on March 5th. NASA says the mission will cost 591-million dollars. 

Jon Morse is the director of NASA's astrophysics division. He said, quote, "Kepler will push back the boundaries of the unknown in our patch of the Milky Way galaxy and its discoveries may fundamentally alter humanity's view of itself."

NASA says this mission will attempt to find rocky planets orbiting in a so-called Goldilocks band, a habitable zone around a star that's not too warm, not too cold, but just right and conducive to life.