Fortunately for planets, NASA ranked Kepler first among its Discovery-Class ($10-$15 million/year) missions. “The Kepler mission is an outstanding success,” writes the Senior Review Committee. The Committee recommends that NASA extend the Kepler mission until 2016, with an additional review in 2014 to re-evaluate Kepler’s progress in determining the fraction of Earth-sized planets around other stars.
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