Artist's Concept of Kepler-20f
NASA's Kepler mission has discovered the first Earth-size planets orbiting a sun-like star outside our solar system. The planets, called Kepler-20e and Kepler-20f, are too close to their star to be in the so-called habitable zone where liquid water could exist on a planet's surface, but they are the smallest exoplanets ever confirmed around a star like our sun.
Kepler-20f is the closest object to the Earth in terms of size ever discovered. With an orbital period of 20 days and a surface temperature of 800 degrees Fahrenheit, it is too hot to host life, as we know it.
For more information about the Kepler mission and to view the digital press kit, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/kepler
Image credit: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech