SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Kepler Launch, Mars Moon, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Kepler Launch, Mars Moon, More
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March 6, 2009--The United States' Kepler space observatory blasts off from Cocoa Beach, Florida, to begin its three-year search for "ET's home," as NASA's William Borucki said last week (see video below).

Named after 17th-century German astrophysicist Johannes Kepler, the spacecraft is the first intended to search for planets that may harbor life.







VIDEO: About the Kepler Mission




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—Photograph by Malcolm Denemark/Florida Today via AP
 
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