NASA Hubble telescope captures smiling face in space

NASA Hubble telescope captures smiling face in space

NASA Hubble telescope captures smiling face in space

"Kepler has exceeded all of our expectations and paved the way for our exploration and search for life in the solar system and beyond", Thomas Zurbuchen, deputy director of NASA's Science Missions Department, said in a statement.

In the year 2009, NASA has launched its Kepler Space Telescope whose main aim was to discover some few hundred exoplanets. Four years into the mission, osbervations were halted by mechanical failures. But the mission team managed to devise a fix, switching the spacecraft's field of view roughly every three months.

November 4, 2018 (EIRNS)-NASA announced on October 30 that after nine years of service, the Kepler spacecraft is finally out of fuel and is being decommissioned over the next several weeks.

Kepler's findings have continually altered the way astronomers contemplate about planets in other solar systems.

Kepler was originally positioned to stare at one star-studded patch of the sky in the constellation Cygnus.

This new telescope has laid with the bare of the diversity of planets which have to reside in our Milky Way galaxy. "It was not a surprise and means the end of the operation of the spacecraft and gathering science data", said Herz, reports RIA Novosti. However, all of Kepler's data has been and will continue to be publicly available at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) through the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST) where it will continue to improve our understanding of the universe. Kepler has also identified thousands more possible planets that are pending further investigation.

These data are an inheritance of all humanity that will outlast the Kepler mission's brief life for time without limit. "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". This will allow scientists to make new discoveries even if Kepler's mission has officially ended. During K2, the Kepler spacecraft continued gathering the data necessary to hunt for exoplanets, and has allowed researchers to study other astrophysical questions.

Kepler was replaced by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), which was launched in April. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, managed Kepler mission development.

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