The Kepler Mission has Come to an End, NASA Announced

The Kepler Mission has Come to an End, NASA Announced

"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.

"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. These data will enable new scientific discoveries for years to come.

Kepler was originally positioned to stare at one star-studded patch of the sky in the constellation Cygnus. 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. In addition to the Kepler data, the archive also offers community-provided data sets for further scientific discoveries.

The Kepler mission lasted more than 9 years.

The observation of so many stars has allowed scientists to better understand stellar behaviors and properties, which is critical information in studying the planets that orbit them. However, recently NASA's Kepler team received an indication that the spacecraft's fuel tank is nearly empty. Kepler discovered over 2,600 planets outside our Solar System.

NASA's OG planet hunter had spent nine years in deep space and discovered 2,600 previously unknown planets that may or may not be breeding alien life (and indicated the existence of billions more).

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Kepler has got successor which is the new Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).

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 elite planet-hunting spacecraft has been declared dead, just a few months shy of its 10th anniversary.

"That means they're located at distances from their parent stars where liquid water -- a vital ingredient to life as we know it -- might pool on the planet surface".

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