Pack Your Bags! NASA Kepler Has Discovered Earth 2; A new planet capable of supporting LIFE

NASA has announced the the Kepler Space Telescope,launched in 2009 with the specific aim of planets with similar attributes to Earth, has found a likely candidate - Kepler 452b

An artist's impression of the newly-discovered Kepler 452b

An astonishing scientific discovery that could forever change the destiny of the human race has been made - another planet capable of sustaining human life

NASA has announced the Kepler Space Telescope launched in 2009 with the specific aim of locating exoplanets - planets with similar attributes to Earth and a safe enough distance from a parent star to sustain life - has confirmed it has found a new exoplanet that it says is "the closest twin to Earth so far".

NASA's Jon Jenkins confirmed that the name of the new exoplanet is called Kepler 452b.

According to Jenkins, the conditions for life on Kepler 452b seem positive

"Kepler 452b has spent six billion years in the habitable zone of its star. That's longer than the Earth has been around," he said.

Incredible: Kepler 452b is a similar size to Earth and rests in the "habitable zone"

"It would likely have a mass about five times that as Earth. We'd also expect the atmosphere to be thicker and have more cloud cover. We'd also expect the planet to have more active volcanoes."

"If we keep working as well and we keep being as enthusiastic and designing programs like we are doing so far, it's sure that the issue about life on other planets will be solved," he said.

"This discovery is certainly a good step forward."

An important fact about Kepler 452-b is that it receives proportionally the same amount of energy as Earth does.

"The first exoplanet orbiting another star like our sun was discovered in 1995," the agency has said.