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|Batalha said Kepler has already changed her view of the cosmos. 'One night I was running home,' the astronomer, who likes to run in the evenings, told SPACE.com, 'and it was a particularly clear night so it was a nice starry sky, and in that split second when I looked up at the stars I saw the sky differently. I saw not just pinpoints of light; I saw solar systems. It was really a fundamental paradigm shift for me. I think everybody will experience that once they know there are so many planets out there.' The first discovery of a second Earth will likely be another watershed moment for her and many, she said. 'An Earth analogue has different implications,' she said. 'What it makes everybody think about is life. That is the long-term goal.'|
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