Jason Kendall

Inwood Astronomy Club, Director

Kepler Space Telescope: The Search Is On for Earth-Sized Planets

The quest to find planets around others stars has intrigued and beguiled people for centuries. Do they exist? Can they support life? How do we find them? Can we get there from here? The Kepler Space Telescope, launched on March 6 is the first NASA space telescope solely designed to hunt for Earth-like planets around other stars. This telescope will answer the most burning question about how common Earth-like planets are around Sun-like stars. The KST will conclusively answer whether or not our Earth is just one face in the crowd or is truly alone in our Galaxy.