Are We Alone? Kepler and the Search for Extrasolar Planets
Produced by: Mr. Burns’ Class
School: Farristown Middle School
District: Madison County
Are We Alone? Kepler and the Search for Extrasolar Planets

In 2009, NASA launched the Kepler Mission with one main goal in mind: to find out if there are habitable planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy. Thanks to the technology we now have available, for the first time in human history, we have the ability to detect planets outside our own solar system. Mankind has always been intrigued by the question of our place in the universe. NASA’s Kepler Mission is a huge step in finding out if the universe is teeming with life or if it is unique to our own planet. Where is Kepler looking for these planets? How does it find them? What are the implications of finding these habitable planets, or even life itself, elsewhere in the universe? What amazing discoveries has Kepler already made? All of these questions are discussed in this new documentary produced by students from Farristown Middle School.

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