NASA Discover’s Life Sustainable Planet

Nicole Morelli

Just yesterday, NASA’s Kepler spacecraft confirmed the discovery of a new alien planet, capable of sustaining life.

This planet was found in a host star’s habitable zone, meaning it is the perfect distance from the star that liquid water could exist. The potential life-sustaining planet revolves around a star that is much like our own sun. The newly found planet, which resides 600 light-years away, has been named Kepler-22b.

“We’re getting closer and closer to discovering the so-called ‘Goldilocks planet,'” said Pete Worden, director of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, during a press conference. A “Goldilocks Planet” is a planet that is in the perfect position to be considered life sustainable; it must have water and the right surface temperature.

Kepler-22b’s radius is said to be 2.4 times the size of Earth’s. Scientist believe that if the greenhouse effect is affecting Kepler-22b that the surface temperature would be around 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celcius), the perfect temperature for life.

This finding brings the Kepler space telescope potential planet findings to 2,326, and the telescope has only been active for 16 months. If this discovery is confirmed it would bring the list of worlds, which recently surpassed 700, known to exist outside of our solar system even higher.