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NASA discovers two earth like planets that could host life
Two new earth-like planets in the habitable orbit of a sun-like star have been discovered by NASA scientists. These new planets are 1,200 light years away from earth. These are a part of five-planet system in which the candidates for life are the farthest from the host star.

The observations were gathered by NASA's Kepler mission, which was led by William Borucki of the agency's Ames Research Center. The Kepler satellite keeps an eye on more than 150,000 stars in hopes of identifying Earth-like planets, has found these planets. The planets are named as Kepler-62e and Kepler-62f, reported in journal Science.

A third planet, known as Kepler-69c was also discovered, which is also potentially habitable but is not included in the study of journal Science, but the study about this planet has been published in 'The Astrophysical Journal'.

These planets are small and have the ability to hold water in liquid form. Kepler-69c is less clearly a habitable zone when compared with the other two planets. Thomas Barclay, Kepler scientist at the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute in Sonoma, California, said, “With all of these discoveries we're finding, Earth is looking less and less like a special place and more like there's Earth-like things everywhere.”

The new planet Kepler-62f is thought to be 40 percent larger than earth. The planets could be rocky with polar caps, water and land masses as well. And it takes 267.3 days to complete one revolution of its star. And the planet Kepler-62e appears to be 60 percent larger than earth and little closer to its host star, this planet would be a 'water world' with mostly deep oceans, reported Hindustan times.

Scientists do not know if it is a 'water world' or if it has a solid surface, but its discovery is another step towards finding a world similar to Earth.

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