Kepler Telescope is Dead after Finding Thousands of Alien Worlds

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Kepler also found nature often produces jam-packed planetary systems, in some cases with so many planets orbiting close to their parent stars that our own inner solar system looks sparse by comparison. It explored an area of 150,000 stars in the Cygnus constellation.

The most recent analysis of Kepler's findings concludes that between 20 and 50 percent of stars visible in the night sky are likely to have small, possibly rocky, planets similar in size to Earth and located within the habitable zone. of its stars.

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered everything from a cosmic bat shadow to a skull and crossbones nebula, so among all the spooky images it's nice to spot a friendly face.

While the data collection phase for Kepler has ended, STScI's Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes will continue to make all data from the Kepler observatory available in perpetuity.

This image was spotted as part of Hubble mission to better understand how new stars are born.

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Aside from searching for distant exoplanets, K2 allowed scientists to observe other objects and phenomena within the galaxy, including stellar clusters and supernovas.

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.

When NASA first launched the Kepler telescope in 2009, astronomers were excited at the possibility of discovering new exoplanet outside of our solar system.

What Kepler found during its lifetime could be a guide not only in the continuing search for exoplanets, but the search for anything alive beyond Earth. The knowledge that there are planets scattered everywhere opens almost endless possibilities, and keeps pushing expectations for Kepler's successor TESS and other upcoming missions. NASA has made a decision to retire the spacecraft within its current, safe orbit, away from Earth. On Tuesday, NASA was able to boost its search for the worldwide planet to know whether these planets can harbour alien life. TESS will follow in the footsteps of NASA's pioneering Kepler Mission, continuing the groundbreaking ...

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