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Kepler's CCD array
Kepler's light detector, a focal plane array comprising 42 individual CCD sensors, was produced by UK-based e2v technologies. Although the space telescope has only had its camera trained on a tiny part of the night sky, it has detected more than 4000 potential exoplanets, of which just over 1000 have been confirmed by NASA scientists. Of those, only eight are regarded as being similar to Earth - although none of them orbit a star similar to the sun. Credit: Ball Aerospace/NASA.
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