NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope retires after 9 years of discovering planets

NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope retires after 9 years of discovering planets

The Kepler space telescope has been shut down from his nine years of mission.

The most recent data Kepler gathered revealed that between 20 and 50 percent of the stars visible in the night sky are likely to have small planets, possibly rocky ones, similar in size to the Earth and located in the so-called "habitable zone". On October 30, 2018 NASA announced that Kepler had run out of fuel and would be decommissioned. That kept things going for another five years, but Kepler's work is now complete.

All NASA's data about these planets are now publicly available in the Barbara A. Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes. That means that they are located at a distance from the stars that orbit where liquid water, a vital ingredient for life as we know it, can accumulate on the surface of these exoplanets. To date, Kepler has discovered a total of 2,818 exoplanets and another 2,679 candidates waiting for further explorations. It explored an area of 150,000 stars in the Cygnus constellation.

"The Kepler mission was based on a very innovative design". The spacecraft also got to observe objects within the solar system including Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto. This will allow scientists to make new discoveries even if Kepler's mission has officially ended.

Thanks to Kepler, the study of exoplanets has seen a remarkable boost in the past decade. More critical, Kepler was an exoplanet-hunter, detecting several thousands of planets outside our solar system. TESS has just begun its survey of nearly the entire night sky, looking for exoplanets orbiting some of the brightest and closest stars. Kepler telescope had been running low on fuel for months.

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In NASA noted that the spacecraft does not threaten the Earth. In order to preserve high-value science data collected during its latest observation campaign, the Kepler team has ...

The Kepler space telescope was released in the sky by NASA back in 2009 and had to do a mission of almost four years.

NASA's Astrophysics Explorer Program has selected the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) Mission to fly in 2017. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, managed Kepler mission development.

"We know the spacecraft's retirement isn't the end of Kepler's discoveries", says, Kepler's project scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center, Jessie Dotson. The satellite was launched in April.

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