Scientists reveal discovery of 2 Earth-like planets

04/18/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

NASA's Kepler spacecraft discovered a pair of Earth-like planets orbiting a star in the constellation Lyra about 1,200 light years away, astronomers said. Named Kepler 62f and Kepler 62e, scientists surmise the two planets are made of rock with oceans and cloudy skies. "It's an amazing moment in science. We haven't found Earth 2.0 yet, but we can taste it, smell it, right there on our technological fingertips," said Geoffrey Marcy, who works on the Kepler project.

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