The exciting deed will not be done by a behemoth of a spaceship, helmed by a man with bad skin, bad glasses but still unutterably sexy, but by the Kepler spacecraft. Professor Mayor, an astronomer at Geneva University, was speaking at the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence anniversary, at London’s Royal Society. Whether there’ll be a spin-off miniseries after the planet is discovered, however, remains to be seen. [Newser]
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