NASA starshade: Finding Earth-like planets with a space telescope shaped like a sunflower.

A Huge, Sunflower-Shaped Spacecraft Designed to Find Earth-Like Planets (Video)

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March 25 2014 2:30 PM

How Will NASA Keep Finding Earth-Like Planets?

A huge, sunflower-shaped spacecraft may do much of the work.

Dubbed a “starshade,” a new sunflower-like spacecraft will team up with a space-based telescope to block light from a star, allowing only the light from nearby planets to enter the telescope.

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.

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