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News stories about first Earth size habitable zone planet

The news out of Ames was instrumental in telling the story of humankind's search for other Earths, articulating NASA's stepped-approach with Kepler and the upcoming missions of TESS and JWST.

Here is a sample of the more than 650 and counting stories on Kepler-186f.

National Geographic

San Francisco Chronicle. New planet discovered that just might hold life, David Perlman, Updated 4:05 pm, Thursday, April 17, 2014

New York Times. Scientists Find an ‘Earth Twin,’ or Perhaps a Cousin, By Kenneth Chang, April 17, 2014

Public Broadcasting System (PBS) News Hour. Kepler telescope spots a planet that seems a lot like home. Interview with Tom Barclay. April 17, 2014 at 6:39 PM EDT

NSF. Earth-sized exoplanet discovery--Gemini confirms Earth-sized planet image of a new Earth-sized planet. April 17, 2014. See also video.

NBC Nightly News (4/17, story 8, 0:25, Williams, 7.86M) broadcast that scientists announced that they have found an exoplanet called Kepler-186f that is the “the closest match to Earth” found so far. About “ten percent larger than Earth,” the planet is in a location that could allow for liquid water on its surface.

ABC World News (4/17, story 11, 0:20, Muir) broadcast that some are calling the find “Earth’s twin"

The CBS Evening News (4/17, story 10, 0:20, Pelley, 5.08M), in its broadcast, similarly called the planet “Earth’s cousin.”

The AP (4/18, Chang) reports that Geoff Marcy of UC Berkely, who was not part of the research team led by the Elisa Quintana of the Ames Research Center, thought that Kepler-186f, discovered by the Kepler telescope, was the current “best case for a habitable planet.” The article notes that scientists may never be able to confirm whether the planet is habitable because it is too far away for even the “overbudget James Webb” telescope to closely study when it launches.

The Wall Street Journal (4/18, Hotz, Subscription Publication, 5.51M) notes that Quintana said, “This is the first validated Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of another star. ... We can now say other potentially habitable worlds the size of Earth can exist.” Bloomberg News (4/18, Cortez, 2.76M) reports that Quintana similarly said, “These Earth-sized planets are extremely hard to detect and confirm, and now that we’ve found one, we want to search for more.”

According to the New York Times (4/18, Chang, Subscription Publication, 9.65M), while scientists think that the new planet could be made of the same material as Earth, it is not a “perfect replica” of Earth. Like the AP, the New York Times also notes that there is no way for scientists to know what the mass of the planet is. USA Today(4/18, Watson, 5.82M) reports that just because the planet is habitable, it may only have “microscopic life” if any at all because of its distance from its M-dwarf parent star.

The Washington Post (4/18, Kim, 4.22M) reports that when it comes to future exoplanet searches, even when NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), which launches in 2017, and the Webb telescope are in operation, many systems will still be “largely undetected.”

Reuters (4/18, Klotz) reports that Ames’ Thomas Barclay, who was also part of the team, stressed that the planet is “an Earth cousin, not an Earth twin. ... It’s very challenging to find Earth analogs. ... Most candidates don’t pan out, but things change as we get more measurements.”

In an op-ed for SPACE (4/17, 261K), Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute summarizes the finding, calling it a historic discovery.

Also covering the story are the Los Angeles Times (4/18, Khan, 3.46M), PBS’ Newshour (4/17, 7:39 p.m. ET), Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (4/18, Zapadka, 677K), Huntsville (AL) Times (4/17, Roop, 127K) “Breaking” blog,AFP (4/18, Seck), CNN (4/17, Levs, 77.95M), NPR (4/18, Greenfieldboyce, 519K) “All Things Considered,” BBC News (4/18, Morelle, 1.17M), Popular Science (4/17, Diep, 6.56M), Wired (4/17, Mann, 3.32M) “Wired Science” blog, CBS News (4/17, Harwood, 5.21M) website, Sky & Telescope (4/17, Hall, 2K), Christian Science Monitor(4/18, Fuller-Wright, 566K), another Christian Science Monitor (4/18, Chowdhury, 566K) article, National Journal(4/17, Resnick, Subscription Publication, 561K), SPACE (4/17, Kramer, 261K), SPACE (4/17, Wall, 261K), New Scientist (4/17, Grossman, 329K), Science News (4/17, Crockett, 364K), Nature News (4/17, Witze, 133K), Press Association (UK) (4/18, 251), Spaceflight Now (4/18, 3K), Discovery News (4/17, Klotz, 74.54M), anotherDiscovery News (4/17, O'Neill, 74.54M) article, Denver Post (4/18, Painter, 940K), NBC News (4/17, Boyle, 7.5M) website, Business Insider (4/17, Spector, 2M), ScienceNOW (4/17, Bhattacharjee, 510K), Forbes (4/17, Knapp, 6.28M), Deutsche Welle (DEU) (4/18, 730K), Engadget (4/17, Santos, 422K), Chicago Sun-Times (4/18, 1.1M) “Voices” blog, The Verge (4/17, Ingraham, 647K), Mother Jones (4/17, Dreyfuss, 756K), Huffington Post (UK)(4/17, 87K), Universe Today (4/17, Major, 18K), Sen (4/17, Sutherland), Los Angeles LAist (4/17, Gallegos, 98K),RT (RUS) (4/18, 117K), Register (UK) (4/17, Thomson, 13K), Boulder (CO) Daily Camera (4/18, Brennan, 112K),San Francisco Chronicle (4/18, Perlman, 3.33M), and West Hawaii Today (4/18, Stewart, 26K).

And Science FridayAl Jazeera and IF Love Science (significant online and social media reach- 12M Facebook subscribers)

And Reddit, dubbed the 'front page of the Internet', has 17 discussions forum topics on Kepler-186f news.

2014 April 18 Kepler-186f (along with Vladimir Putin/Ukraine) was one of the top 3 trending topics globally on Facebook.


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