The Kepler Space Telescope’s sole mission is to hunt our galaxy for Earth-size planets and estimate how many of the billions of stars in the Milky Way have such planets. In May, the Kepler team published a report in the Astrophysical Journal that reveals they have discovered 1,284 new planets in the last year. “This announcement more than doubles the number of confirmed planets from Kepler,” said Ellen Stofan, chief scientist at NASA Headquarters. If we include planets discovered by other telescopes, the number of confirmed planets now sits at over 3,200. Read more HERE.