The First Earth-sized World of Alpha Centauri

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European astronomers have discovered a planet with about the mass of the Earth orbiting a star in the Alpha Centauri system — the nearest to Earth. It is also the lightest exoplanet ever discovered around a star like the Sun. The planet was detected using the HARPS instrument on the 3.6-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile.

http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1241/
http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/oct/HQ_12-366_NASA_Statement_Alpha_Centauri.html

HARPS Instrument:
http://www.eso.org/sci/facilities/lasilla/instruments/harps/overview.html

Exoplanet archive:
http://exoplanetarchive.ipac.caltech.edu/
http://exoplanetarchive.ipac.caltech.edu/cgi-bin/DisplayOverview/nph-DisplayOverview?objname=alpha+Cen+B&type=PLANET+HOST

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http://archive.org/CrazileProgrammedSpacemen_0
http://archive.org/details/STRETCH005