The European Space Agency plans to launch its own exoplanets hunting spacecraft.
A telescope in Hawaii has detected a planet floating freely without a solar system 80 light years away. Its lack of a star is even more noteworthy as the planet is estimated to be very young.
Kepler has suffered a malfunction, but NASA says the spacecraft will still be able to complete its mission.
Astronomers have, for the first time, managed to determine the exact hue of a distant exoplanet; a gas giant some 63 lightyears away.