The Guardian Weekly - 2021-11-26


International team hunts for planets that could sustain life

Global Report

A new space mission to hunt for potentially habitable planets is under way as scientists in Australia and the US will search in the Alpha Centauri star system for Earth-like planets that could sustain life. The Toliman mission will look for potential planets orbiting two sunlike stars, known as Alpha Centauri A and B. The Toliman telescope is set to be launched into low-Earth orbit in 2023. It seeks to discover new planets in the “Goldilocks orbit” – at the right distance, so the planet is neither too hot nor too cold to sustain life.


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