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Earth’s bigger, older cousin! With the help of our Kepler Mission, we’ve confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star. This planet is 60% larger than Earth. The newly discovered Kepler-452b is the smallest planet to date discovered orbiting in the habitable zone -- the area around a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of an orbiting planet -- of a G2-type star, like our sun. The confirmation of Kepler-452b brings the total number of confirmed planets to 1,030. Learn more: http://go.nasa.gov/1fp6ILB #NASABeyond
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