Planet Stalking Kepler Space Telescope Meets Its End

NASA image of star cluster discovered by Kepler

Kepler's demise was "not unexpected and this marks the end of spacecraft operations", said Paul Hertz, astrophysics division director at NASA, on a conference call with reporters. This enabled an extended mission for the spacecraft, dubbed K2, which lasted as long as the first mission and bumped Kepler's count of surveyed stars up to more than 500,000.

After its four-year primary mission, the spacecraft was repurposed to observe the stars near the zodiacal constellations. Kepler's achievements have led us to a greater understanding of the universe, and has helped astronomers discover tremendous things, like the fact that there are more exoplanets than stars in the Milky Way galaxy.

This telescope is going to retire after 9 years of service. Herz noted that scientific work is a space Observatory is complete.

But the mission was not without its hiccups - in 2013, mechanical failures stopped Kepler's observations. During K2, the Kepler spacecraft continued gathering the data necessary to hunt for exoplanets, and has allowed researchers to study other astrophysical questions.

"As NASA's first planet-hunting mission, Kepler has wildly exceeded all our expectations and paved the way for our exploration and search for life in the solar system and beyond", Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington, said in a statement.

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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.

Back in 2009, the Kepler telescope was the first NASA mission to find planets outside of our solar system, at the size of Earth.

"I'm excited about the diverse discoveries that are yet to come from our data and how future missions will build upon Kepler's results". TESS will become the newest exoplanet hunter NASA will use to continue to survey the sky and discover new worlds.

When the telescope was launched, it carried 12 liters of fuel for its engine, which was used to correct its drifts and control its orbit. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, managed Kepler mission development.

A super-computer at the International Space Station aims to bring "cloud" computing to astronauts in space and speed up their ability to run data analysis in orbit, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise said Thursday.

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