Kepler Detects Atmosphere of Hot World

Artist's concept of NASA's Kepler space telescope. Artist's concept of NASA's Kepler space telescope. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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August 06, 2009

NASA's new planet-hunting Kepler space telescope has detected the atmosphere of a known giant gas planet, demonstrating the telescope's extraordinary scientific capabilities. The discovery was announced Thursday in a paper published by the journal Science. The development of the Kepler mission was managed by JPL.

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