NASA’s Kepler mission, which is an in-progress search for habitable planets, apparently has found…something. And it could be big. Very big.
Today, NASA’s Ruslan Belikov gave a lecture at the SETI Institute about imaging an Earth-like planet that may be discovered by Kepler. This lecture isn’t available online yet, but SETI usually posts them on Youtube here.
The big news is due tomorrow when NASA will make a big announcement to the media. Here’s what they sent out:
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — NASA will hold a media teleconference Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010, at 10 a.m. PDT to discuss the latest discovery by the Kepler Mission spacecraft about an intriguing star system.
So Kepler has found an “intriguing” star system? This is likely separate from the discovery the ESO made yesterday as Kepler is much more advanced and is looking at a different part of the galaxy.