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"The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great, and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich, precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment." ~Johannes Kepler. Natalie Batalha is a planet hunter. ​A mission scientist with NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, Batalha is credited with finding the first earth-sized, rocky, planet orbiting a star outside of our solar system that might harbour life. Listen to this "On Being" interview to see how Batalha makes the connection between things like love and dark energy, science and gratitude for life, and how "exploring the heavens" brings the beauty of the cosmos and the exuberance of scientific discovery closer to us all.


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  • Read the full text of Krista Tippett's interview with Natalie Batalha.
  • "On Being" explores questions at the center of human life. Listen to the latest episodes and follow the blog for more conversations on how we want to live. 
  • You, too, can become a Planet Hunter! Experience the thrill of scientific discovery with this and other Zooniverse projects.

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