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Finding the Next Earth

Kepler 10b is the first rocky planet nearly the same size as Earth.  The day side of the planet shown here thought to be molten and covered by a giant, hemispheric lava ocean. There is nothing on Earth like this lava ocean.

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Teams of astronomers around the world are racing to find for the first time ever the exact location of the ultimate prize in space exploration--a living world, just like our own planet Earth.