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Kepler Planet-Detection Mission: Introduction and First Results

Borucki, William J. and Koch, David and Basri, Gibor and Batalha, Natalie and Brown, Timothy and Caldwell, Douglas and Caldwell, John and Christensen-Dalsgaard, Jørgen and Cochran, William D. and DeVore, Edna and Dunham, Edward W. and Dupree, Andrea K. and Gauthier, Thomas N., III and Geary, John C. and Gilliland, Ronald and Gould, Alan and Howell, Steve B. and Jenkins, Jon M. and Kondo, Yoji and Latham, David W. and Marcy, Geoffrey W. and Meibom, Søren and Kjeldsen, Hans and Lissauer, Jack J. and Monet, David G. and Morrison, David and Sasselov, Dimitar and Tarter, Jill and Boss, Alan and Brownlee, Don and Owen, Toby and Buzasi, Derek and Charbonneau, David and Doyle, Laurance and Fortney, Jonathan and Ford, Eric B. and Holman, Matthew J. and Seager, Sara and Steffen, Jason H. and Welsh, William F. and Rowe, Jason and Anderson, Howard and Buchhave, Lars and Ciardi, David and Walkowicz, Luciane and Sherry, William and Horch, Elliott and Isaacson, Howard and Everett, Mark E. and Fischer, Debra and Torres, Guillermo and Johnson, John Asher and Endl, Michael and MacQueen, Phillip and Bryson, Stephen T. and Dotson, Jessie and Haas, Michael and Kolodziejczak, Jeffrey and Van Cleve, Jeffrey and Chandrasekaran, Hema and Twicken, Joseph D. and Quintana, Elisa V. and Clarke, Bruce D. and Allen, Christopher and Li, Jie and Wu, Haley and Tenenbaum, Peter and Verner, Ekaterina and Bruhweiler, Frederick and Barnes, Jason and Prša, Andrej (2010) Kepler Planet-Detection Mission: Introduction and First Results. Science, 327 (2968). pp. 977-980. ISSN 0036-8075.

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The Kepler mission was designed to determine the frequency of Earth-sized planets in and near the habitable zone of Sun-like stars. The habitable zone is the region where planetary temperatures are suitable for water to exist on a planet’s surface. During the first 6 weeks of observations, Kepler monitored 156,000 stars, and five new exoplanets with sizes between 0.37 and 1.6 Jupiter radii and orbital periods from 3.2 to 4.9 days were discovered. The density of the Neptune-sized Kepler-4b is similar to that of Neptune and GJ 436b, even though the irradiation level is 800,000 times higher. Kepler-7b is one of the lowest-density planets (~0.17 gram per cubic centimeter) yet detected. Kepler-5b, -6b, and -8b confirm the existence of planets with densities lower than those predicted for gas giant planets.

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Additional Information:© 2010 American Association for the Advancement of Science. 1 December 2009; accepted 28 December 2009; published online 5 January 2010. Kepler was competitively selected as the 10th Discovery mission. Funding for this mission is provided by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.
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Official Citation:Kepler Planet-Detection Mission: Introduction and First Results William J. Borucki, David Koch, Gibor Basri, Natalie Batalha, Timothy Brown, Douglas Caldwell, John Caldwell, Jørgen Christensen-Dalsgaard, William D. Cochran, Edna DeVore, Edward W. Dunham, Andrea K. Dupree, Thomas N. Gautier, III, John C. Geary, Ronald Gilliland, Alan Gould, Steve B. Howell, Jon M. Jenkins, Yoji Kondo, David W. Latham, Geoffrey W. Marcy, Søren Meibom, Hans Kjeldsen, Jack J. Lissauer, David G. Monet, David Morrison, Dimitar Sasselov, Jill Tarter, Alan Boss, Don Brownlee, Toby Owen, Derek Buzasi, David Charbonneau, Laurance Doyle, Jonathan Fortney, Eric B. Ford, Matthew J. Holman, Sara Seager, Jason H. Steffen, William F. Welsh, Jason Rowe, Howard Anderson, Lars Buchhave, David Ciardi, Lucianne Walkowicz, William Sherry, Elliott Horch, Howard Isaacson, Mark E. Everett, Debra Fischer, Guillermo Torres, John Asher Johnson, Michael Endl, Phillip MacQueen, Stephen T. Bryson, Jessie Dotson, Michael Haas, Jeffrey Kolodziejczak, Jeffrey Van Cleve, Hema Chandrasekaran, Joseph D. Twicken, Elisa V. Quintana, Bruce D. Clarke, Christopher Allen, Jie Li, Haley Wu, Peter Tenenbaum, Ekaterina Verner, Frederick Bruhweiler, Jason Barnes, and Andrej Prsa (19 February 2010) Science 327 (5968), 977. [DOI: 10.1126/science.1185402]
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