When Rob Morris told me he was joining the Kepler Mission to search for other habitable planets, I didn't even know the project was. "Why would you?" he asked, ever modest and forgiving of my continual ignorance. "Its a little project,, and there are a lot of projects going on at SETI"
Last week the Kepler Mission is on the front page of every newspaper and scientific feed on the internet. Evidence of an 'Earth Twin" planet, dubbed Kepler 452 b, has captured the imagination of the public and Re-invigorated the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life.