A Catalyst article about the Kepler spacecraft, which is used to look for extra-solar planets. Scientists are hoping to shine light on the age old question of life’s existence elsewhere in the Universe using a new space-based telescope named Kepler. Launched on 6 March 2009, Kepler is searching the sky for small, rocky, Earth-like planets within our galaxy. This exploration will reveal how common it is for other solar systems to contain planets with the right conditions for life.

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2009, Volume 20, Issue 1.

Catalyst is a science magazine for students aged 14-19 years. Annual subscriptions to print copies of the magazine can be purchased from Mindsets.

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