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$600M planet hunting space telescope Kepler comes back online

Posted in Science on 9th Feb, 2014 01:36 AM by AlexMuller

Quite a few people at NASA breathed a heavy sigh of relief this week after learning that space telescope Kepler is once again able to resume finding new planets outside our own solar system. The Keplar space telescope is a $600 million project that’s responsible for discovering 132 exoplanets and 2,700 objects that could be planets.

Back in May, the telescope started experiencing technical difficulties. More specifically, there was a problem with Keplar’s steering system that altered its intended destination and caused NASA to lose contact. However, a plan to correct the telescope’s flight path using pressure from the sun’s radiation seems to have been successful.
Kepler recently observed a Jupiter-sized exoplanet, called WASP-28b, after several months of silence. The planet itself isn’t a new discovery, but Keplar’s observations does help prove its existence.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-09
Great news! It is encouraging to see that this big Kepler project will continue and that problems can be solved when something goes wrong. Hopefully we will see more discoveries and more new planets outside the solar system
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-09
Yes, great! It would appear that news of Kepler's demise has been greatly exaggerated. Kepler suffered a major malfunction last May and now is back online — and it's already managed to observe another planet. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-09
It is remarkable that the plan to save Kepler- in which pressure pulled in from the sun's radiation could be used to hold the craft steady for 75 days at a time - appears to have worked. Well done! Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-09
NASA’s Kepler mission already did a great deal in discovering exoplanets, or planets existing outside of our solar system. 167 (number I found recently) is impressive Reply


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