Kepler Recovery Efforts Conclude, Other Missions Mulled

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After several months’ worth of review and testing, the team operating the Kepler Space Telescope has opted to close its efforts to make Kepler fully operational again. This follows the loss of one of the crucial components that controls the alien planet-hunting spacecraft. In an Aug. 15 teleconference, Charles Sobeck, […]

Can Kepler Be Saved? Engineering Team to Attempt Recovery of Ailing Space Telescope

Artist’s illustration of Kepler in orbit. Image Credit: NASA / Kepler mission / Wendy Stenzel

The Kepler space telescope has been nothing short of incredible, revolutionizing our understanding of exoplanets and showing just how common and diverse they really are (as the saying goes, truth is stranger than fiction). Recently, however, additional mechanical […]

What Comes After Kepler?

The Kepler Space Telescope has had another of its reastion wheels fail, meaning the spacecraft’s mission of finding Earth-like worlds is probably over. Image Credit: NASA

Launched on March 7, 2009, NASA’s Kepler space telescope, designed to hunt for Earth-sized planets orbiting other stars, has proved to be an outstanding success and has […]

Reaction Wheel Failure Places Kepler Mission in Jeopardy

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NASA announced May 15 that a second reaction wheel on the Kepler spacecraft has failed. This is forcing officials at the space agency to reconsider what mission that space-based telescope is now capable of conducting. Kepler went into safe mode Tuesday. When controllers went about recovering Kepler, they discovered that […]

Kepler Space Telescope Discovers Best Candidates for Habitable Worlds Outside Our Solar System

This diagram shows the worlds discovered orbiting the star Kepler-62 compared with the terrestrial planets in our own solar system. Two worlds have been discovered in this and the Kepler-69 system which exist in the so-called habitable zone. Image Credit: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech

The Kepler Space Telescope has discovered two planetary systems that have worlds […]