Finding a New Home—Very, Very Far from Home

April 19, 2013 at 2:01 pm Leave a comment

Aug. 9, 2012; Justin Crepp..Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre DameIt’s not exactly close—1,000 light years or more—but scientists working with NASA have found a neighborhood that humans might conceivably be able to inhabit. Among the team that identified the two Earth-like planets orbiting the star Kepler 62 is Justin Crepp ’02.

Crepp, now an assistant professor of physics at Notre Dame, is one of the scientists whose work helped identify a pair of planets whose location appears suitable for liquid water—necessary for sustaining life as we know it. Crepp told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the hunt for such planets is “the holy grail” of his field; you can read more about it in this front-page story from today’s New York Times, as well.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

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