terrestrial planet

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a planet having a compact rocky surface like the Earth's

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Those stars will become the focus of the Terrestrial Planet Finder--a future NASA mission that will look around the stars for Earth-like planets.
This collection of provocative reports, derived from presentations made at the "8th International Conference on Bioastronomy," demonstrates the scope of exciting research topics being explored in the field of bioastronomy today, including factors affecting the habitability of extrasolar, Earth-like planets.
and colleagues from Technische Universitat Braunschweig (Germany), the Russian Academy of Sciences (Apatity, Russia), and the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Graz, Austria), studied the potential effects of cosmic ray energy on extrasolar Earth-like planets that exist in habitable zones.
and colleagues from the Institutes for Astronomy at the University of Vienna, Austria, and at Eotoyos University, Budapest, Hungary, describe the dynamics of hypothetical Earth-like planets that would have the ability to maintain stable orbits outside our solar system, in a paper entitled, "Trojans in Habitable Zones.
Nevertheless, multiple observations by at least five separate teams of astronomers greatly increase the probability that Earth-like planets will be found elsewhere in our galaxy in the next decade or two.