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  • NASA's Kepler mission;
  • SETI;
  • extrasolar planets;
  • Earth-sized planets

NASA's Kepler mission to search for habitable planets outside of our solar system has discovered hundreds of additional extrasolar planet candidates, and it could be that Earth-sized planets are fairly common in the Milky Way galaxy. Those are some of the headlines from a 7 January briefing at the American Astronomical Society's meeting in Long Beach, Calif.