This Planet Is the Closest Thing to a Twin the Earth Has

By Anne Cacherell

On July 23, 2015, Thursday, NASA announced the discovery of an alien world they described as “Earth’s bigger, older cousin” called Kepler 452b. The planet is about 1,400 light-years away from Earth and may prove the existence of alien life. With size 60% bigger than Earth, it is also orbiting its star’s habitable zone.

Kepler researcher Jon Jenkins said that this Earth-like planet “almost certainly has an atmosphere,” and if the planetary geologists’ assumptions were correct, its atmosphere would be thicker than the Earth and it would have active volcanoes in it.

Launched in 2009, this $600 million Kepler mission’s goal is to search the Milky Way for other planets that could sustain life. Watch the video for more information about Kepler452b.

This discovery is a major achievement in our search for a new world and other life forms. Did you find this story interesting? Would you be willing to volunteer to be the first batch of people to live in that planet? Share with us your thoughts.

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