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  • Carrie Felsher

    Is the Rocky Alien Planet Gliese 581d Really Habitable? Gliese 581d and Gliese 581g |

  • Pavlos Stefanos

    The orbits of planets in the Gliese 581 system are compared to those of our own solar system. The Gliese 581 star has about 30 percent the mass of our Sun, and the outermost planet is closer to its star than the Earth is to the Sun. The 4th planet, G, is a planet that could sustain life. Credit: Zina Deretsky, National Science Foundation

  • Nick Cucco

    What Would A Rocky Exoplanet Look Like? Atmosphere Models Seek Clues - Yahoo News

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