Are there other Earths? Well, the search for extraterrestrial life became a little more interesting in 2013. In his informative TEDxMonterey talk, Jack Lissauer explains the science behind the Kepler mission’s recent discoveries of over seven hundred exoplanets beyond our solar system. How might this knowledge re-shape our understanding of our place in the universe or amplify the preciousness of our own world, Earth. Jack Lissauer is a planetary scientist in the Space Science and Astrobiology Division at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. He is a science co-investigator on the Kepler space telescope mission launched in 2009 to search for Earth-size planets orbiting distant stars.
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