This artist's concept depicts Kepler-186f, the first validated Earth-size planet to orbit a distant star in the habitable zone. The discovery signals a significant step closer to finding a world similar to Earth. The size of Kepler-186f is known to be less than ten percent larger than Earth, but its mass, composition and density are not known. Kepler-186f orbits its star once every 130 days. If you could stand on the surface, the brightness of its star at high noon would appear as bright as our sun is about an hour before sunset on Earth. Kepler-186f resides about 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. The system is also home to four inner planets. Image: NASA/Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech
Chase is the founder of RocketSTEM and serves as the magazine's first managing editor. He previously worked as a reporter/photographer/editor for a variety of Midwestern newspapers for a decade, as well as working as a graphic designer for a handful of professional sports and lifestyle magazines, before stepping away to become a 'certified' Rocket Hobo. He's witnessed a dozen launches in person, and was honored to be one of the last civilians to be allowed aboard Endeavour's cockpit while the Space Shuttle was still running under its own power.