The Kepler telescope has stopped its work

Cesar Mills
November 7, 2018

Kepler most recently revealed that 20 to 50 percent of the stars the naked eye can see after dark could be orbited by small, rocky planets not unlike our own.

"Its discoveries have shed a new light on our place in the universe, and illuminated the tantalizing mysteries and possibilities among the stars", he added.

What Kepler found during its lifetime could be a guide not only in the continuing search for exoplanets, but the search for anything alive beyond Earth.

Launched into space on March 6, 2009, the Kepler telescope combined techniques to measure stellar brightness with the largest digital camera equipped for observations of outer space at that time.

"When we started conceiving this mission 35 years ago, we didn't know of a single planet outside our solar system", said the Kepler mission's founding principal investigator, William Borucki.

"The Kepler mission was based on a very innovative design". On Tuesday, NASA was able to boost its search for the worldwide planet to know whether these planets can harbour alien life.

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Originally created to look for Earth-like planets in the habitable zone of stars like the sun, Kepler instead found a rich diversity of planets around many different types of stars. Four years into the mission, osbervations were halted by mechanical failures.

"We know the spacecraft's retirement isn't the end of Kepler's discoveries", said Jessie Dotson, Kepler's project scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center.

The Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes or MAST at the Space Telescope Science Institute will make the data accumulated over almost a decade of deep space observation available to the public.

These data will enable new scientific discoveries for years to come as scientists fully examine the data and augment it with additional observations. During K2, the Kepler spacecraft continued gathering the data necessary to hunt for exoplanets, and has allowed researchers to study other astrophysical questions.

The MAST will also host the data that will be collected by NASA's next great space observatory and Kepler's successor, Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite or TESS. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, managed Kepler mission development.

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