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Earth, and more planets with life: how life begins, where it may go

The Inventive Mind

Earlier this month, astronomers monitoring the data from the Kepler satellite observatory, which has been orbiting the sun since being launched from Cape Canaveral in 2009, released a list of 400 stars that are most likely to be able to nurture life on the planets within their solar systems. Referred to as being in the “Goldilocks” zones (not too cold, not too hot, but just right to hold liquid water), these are the planets with ideal conditions to support life.

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