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Scientists believe they have made a breakthrough in the quest to determine whether planets exist that are fit for human habitation.
A study, which has been published in Astrophysical Journal, saw space researchers examine a planet called TRAPPIST-1e, which lies approximately 40 light years from Earth.
It will also be inspected by the ground-breaking James Webb Space Telescope before the end of this year.
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TRAPPIST-1e's carbon dioxide levels and extreme weather condition rates are believed to be comparable to those on Earth.
Dr Assaf Hochman, from the HU Fredy & Nadine Herrmann Institute of Earth Sciences in Israel, said: "These two variables are crucial for the existence of life on other planets, and they are now being studied in depth for the first time in history.
"The research framework we developed, along with observational data from the Webb Space Telescope, will enable scientists to efficiently assess the atmospheres of many other planets without having to send a space crew to visit them physically.
"This will help us make informed decisions about which planets are good candidates for human settlement and perhaps even to find life on those planets."
It was concluded during the research that TRAPPIST-1e has a significantly more sensitive atmosphere than Earth.
The scientists have also predicted that any rise in greenhouse gases could result in more extreme climate change than would be witnessed on Earth.
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That is the case because one side of the planet is always facing its Sun in the same fashion that our Moon always faces earth.
China continue to show great interest in the search for habitable planets with their ambitious plans for a Mars base, planetary development and a "sky ladder" to transport cargo.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk, meanwhile, has always promoted the colonisation of the Red Planet too.
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