Ka Chun discusses the recent NASA announcement from the Kepler mission. Mission scientists have confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star. The newly discovered Kepler-452b is the smallest planet to date discovered orbiting in the habitable zone -- the area around a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of an orbiting planet -- of a G2-type star, like our sun.
Links to Ka Chun's story:
Kepler Mission Discovers Bigger, Older Cousin to Earth
Kepler-452b: Earth's Bigger, Older Cousin -- Briefing Materials
60 Minutes in Space - Scientists from the Space Sciences Department at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science take you "behind the stories" using the best images and animation available to help understand the latest developments. Click here to view the full-length video of July’s 60 Minutes in Space.