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First detection of carbon dioxide in an exoplanet

Finding bodes well in searching for life signatures beyond the solar system

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12:39pm, December 9, 2008

Editor’s note: SN Online originally posted the following story November 21. On December 9, the European Space Agency formally announced the Hubble Space Telescope findings and the story was reposted.

Moving one step closer to finding the fingerprints of life in a habitable planet beyond the solar system, astronomers have for the first time detected carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of a planet that orbits a star other than the sun.

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