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On February 16, 2011 Natalie Batalha spoke in the University Scholar Series hosted by Provost Gerry Selter at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. As deputy science team lead for NASA's Kepler Mission, SJSU Associate Professor Natalie Batalha was at the forefront of today's confirmation that the mission has discovered its first rocky planet, named Kepler-10b. Measuring 1.4 times the size of Earth, it is the smallest planet ever discovered outside our solar system. As a member of the Kepler team, Batalha is responsible for the selection of the more than 150,000 stars the spacecraft monitors and works closely with team members at Ames to identify viable planet candidates from Kepler photometry.
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NASA, space, astronomy, Kepler 10-b, outer space, outer space exploration, extrasolar planets, extrasolar planet detection
Astrophysics and Astronomy
Batalha, Natalie, "University Scholar Series: Natalie Batalha" (2011). University Scholar Series. 5.