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NASA's Kepler Mission Announces a Planet Bonanza, 715 New Worlds Multi_transits_many_full_0 Kepler Wed, Feb 26, 2014

NASA's Kepler mission announced the discovery of 715 new planets. These newly-verified worlds orbit 305 stars, revealing multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system.

Kepler Discovers its Smallest Habitable Zone Planets Pia17001-43 Kepler Thu, Apr 18, 2013

NASA's Kepler mission has discovered two new planetary systems that include three super-Earth-size planets in the "habitable zone," the range of distance from a star where the surface temperature of an orbiting planet might be suitable for liquid water.

Gravity-Bending Find Leads to Kepler Meeting Einstein Pia16885_ip Kepler Thu, Apr 04, 2013

NASA's Kepler space telescope has witnessed the effects of a dead star bending the light of its companion star. The findings are among the first detections of this phenomenon -- a result of Einstein's theory of general relativity -- in binary, or double, star systems.

NASA's Kepler Announces 11 Planetary Systems Hosting 26 Planets Keplermultiplanetsystems_sm Kepler Thu, Jan 26, 2012

NASA's Kepler mission has discovered 11 new planetary systems hosting 26 confirmed planets. These discoveries nearly double the number of verified planets and triple the number of stars known to have more than one planet that transits, or passes in front of, the star. Such systems will help astronomers better understand how planets form.

NASA's Kepler Mission Finds Three Smallest Exoplanets Artistconcept-sm Kepler Wed, Jan 11, 2012

Astronomers using data from NASA's Kepler mission have discovered the three smallest planets yet detected orbiting a star beyond our sun. The planets orbit a single star, called KOI-961, and are 0.78, 0.73 and 0.57 times the radius of Earth. The smallest is about the size of Mars.

NASA Discovers First Earth-size Planets Beyond Our Solar System 611764main_planetlineup_4x3_full_946-710 Kepler Tue, Dec 20, 2011

NASA's Kepler mission has discovered the first Earth-size planets orbiting a sun-like star outside our solar system.

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Astronomical Success: Caltech's George Helou Honored by Home Country of Lebanon 1=coat-of-arms-present News Release Wed, Jan 25, 2012

They say there is no place like home. For Caltech's George Helou, the essence of that phrase carries over to the recognition of his accomplishments. This past year, he has received numerous honors from Lebanon, his country of origin, including his election to the Lebanese Academy of Sciences. The tributes bestowed by the Mediterranean nation cite Helou's distinguished career in astronomy in the United States and Europe.

Our Galaxy Contains at Least 100 Billion Planets Hs-2012-07-a-large_web News Release Wed, Jan 11, 2012

Our Milky Way galaxy contains a minimum of one planet for every star on average, according to a new statistical study.

Teacher Program Brings NASA Research to High Schools, Middle Schools, Museums Nitarp_classof2011-12 News Release Wed, Jan 11, 2012

Imagine you are a high school student walking into your science class in September and you learn that your teacher is doing research with NASA and you can actually participate This experience is occurring in schools around the US as more and more teachers become part of the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program. 2012 marks the program's 8th year.

Astronomers Unveil Most Complete 3-D Map of Local Universe Lores News Release Wed, May 25, 2011

Today, astronomers unveiled the most complete 3-D map of the local universe (out to a distance of 380 million light-years) ever created. Taking more than 10 years to complete, the 2MASS Redshift Survey (2MRS) also is notable for extending closer to the Galactic plane than previous surveys - a region that's generally obscured by dust.

NASA Announces Fiscal Year 2012 Budget News Release Mon, Feb 14, 2011

NASA announced Monday an $18.7 billion budget request for fiscal year 2012 that supports a reinvigorated path of innovation, technological development and scientific discovery. The budget supports all elements of NASA's 2010 Authorization Act, which was passed by a strong bipartisan majority of Congress and signed into law by President Obama.

NITARP Class of 2011 Announced Aas2011workshop News Release Mon, Jan 10, 2011

The NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program class of 2011 was recently announced. A total of 12 educators hail from all over the United States including Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The educators and their scientific mentors are divided into three teams that will perform research and prepare posters for the 2012 American Astronomical Society winter conference.