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June 25, 2009 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2009-22

STScI Joins the Search for Other Earths in Space

June 25, 2009: The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Md., is partnering on a historic search for Earth-size planets around other stars. STScI is the data archive center for NASA's Kepler mission, a spacecraft that is undertaking a survey for Earth-size planets in our region of the galaxy. The spacecraft sent its first raw science data to STScI on June 19. The Institute's role is to convert the raw science data into files that can be analyzed by Kepler researchers and to store the files every three months in an archive.

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Credit: NASA, D. Taylor and D. Swade (STScI)