CAPE CANAVERAL — Scientists have identified a “close cousin” to Earth that’s orbiting a sun-like star and might harbor life.
“It is the closest thing that we have to another place that somebody else might call home,” said Jon Jenkins from NASA’s Ames Research Center in California.
The researchers announced their discovery Thursday based on observations from NASA’s Kepler space telescope.
This older, bigger cousin to Earth is called Kepler-452b. What makes this planet remarkable is that it orbits its star at about the same distance that Earth orbits the sun. What’s more, its home star looks to be