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> > Hubble telescope finds carbon dioxide on distant planet
> > Tue Dec 9, 6:38 pm ET AFP/NASA/ESA
> > WASHINGTON (AFP) NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered
> > carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide in the atmosphere of a distant
> > planet, in a key step for finding extraterrestrial life, the space
> > agency said Tuesday.
> > Detecting organic compounds that can be a by-product of life
> > processes on an Earth-like body could one day "provide the first
> > evidence of life beyond our planet," NASA said in a statement.
> > The discovery was made on a Jupiter-size planet 63 light years
> > from Earth that is too hot for life, and is all gas and liquid.be a
> > "We're not closer to discovering life on this particular planet,"
> > admitted Ray Villard of the Space Telescope Science Institute.
> > "But it has the mix of chemistry that on the right planet could
> > biotracer for life," he said.organic
> > Scientists have studied the planet intensively, finding the
> > molecule methane as well as water vapor, Villard added.California,
> > The carbon dioxide and monoxide were detected by Mark Swain, a
> > research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in
> > using Hubble to study infrared light emitted from the planet.abundance is
> > "The carbon dioxide is the main reason for the excitement because,
> > under the right circumstances, it could have a connection to
> > biological activity as it does on Earth," Swain said.
> > "The very fact we are able to detect it and estimate its
> > significant for the long-term effort of characterizing planets tohost
> > find out what they are made of and if they could be a possible
> > for life."images
> > Launched 18 years ago, Hubble revolutionized astronomy with the
> > ability to peer deep into the universe, beaming back dazzling
> > free of the distortions of Earth's atmosphere.bodies
> > Orbiting 575 kilometers (360 miles) above the ground, Hubble has
> > enabled scientists to better measure the age and origin of the
> > universe, observe distant supernovas, and identify and study
> > in and outside the solar system.kilometers).
> > A light year is the distance that light travels in a vacuum in one
> > year, or approximately 5.88 trillion miles (9.46 trillion