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April 5: How planets were discovered in the Milky Way Galaxy

NASA team member discusses the Kepler mission

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The UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences presents a talk from William Borucki, principal investigator of NASA's Kepler mission, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, in Korn Convocation Hall.

The Kepler mission has revolutionized knowledge of the cosmos by demonstrating that most stars have planets. For the first time in the history of humankind, billions of planets in the Milky Way Galaxy have been discovered. Many of these planets may be Earth-like, which dramatically affects the understanding of the prospects of life elsewhere.

Borucki has devoted more than 30 years of his career to designing this mission, leading the investigation and reporting the results. He will show how the Kepler mission was conceived, why it was successful and how it transformed our view of the universe.

Reservations for the event can be made online. The event is free and open to the public.

Korn Convocation Hall can be found in the UCLA Anderson School at 110 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, 90095.

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