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After a “Stellar” Career, Kepler Space Telescope Retires in Place

Posted by Guy Pirro 11/08/2018 07:56PM

After a “Stellar” Career, Kepler Space Telescope Retires in Place

After nine years in deep space collecting data that indicates our sky is filled with billions of hidden planets, NASA’s Kepler space telescope has run out of the vital fuel needed for further science operations. NASA has decided to retire the spacecraft within its current, safe orbit, away from Earth. Kepler leaves a legacy of more than 2600 planet discoveries from outside our solar system, many of which could be promising places for life. But there is still much data that has been collected and is yet to be analyzed. Scientists are expected to spend the next decade or more in search of new discoveries in the treasure trove of data that Kepler has amassed.


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