NASA discovers a batch of alien planets.
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NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope announced the discovery Wednesday (Feb. 26) of 715 new exoplanets orbiting around 305 stars, according to the space agency’s news release. The find brings the total number of alien worlds to about 1,700 and nearly doubles the number known to humanity.
“We’ve hit the motherlode; we’ve got a veritable exoplanet bonanza,” said Kepler co-leader Jack Lissauer of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.