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The first Earth-like planet ever seen outside of the solar system has been discovered

posted Dec 13, 2009, 4:30 AM by Ahmed Obaid

The “super-Earth” is about seven times the mass of our own planet and appears to be composed of about 50 per cent water, an essential condition for organic life to survive.

Its discovery boosts the possibility that there are planets in neighbouring solar systems that meet all the criteria that scientists believe are needed to support living organisms.... MORE