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NASA announces that the "planetary hunter" Kepler telescope will go to sleep because its fuel is running out

via:cnBeta.COM     time:2018/7/7 9:01:39     readed:674


NASA launched the Kepler Space Telescope in 2009 to learn more about the number of planets in the galaxy. The good news is that scientists using the Kepler Space Telescope have discovered a large number of exoplanets. Kepler, who is currently about 94 million miles from Earth, scanned only a small portion of the Milky Way, but its efforts led scientists to discover the 2,650 planets identified so far.

These planets also come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Every discovery has taught scientists more about how planets are formed, how many planets are there, and even how our planet is formed. There are still thousands of unconfirmed discoveries, and researchers continue to search through KeplerdatabaseA new way of rummaging.

NASA said it plans to re-awake Kepler in early August, when it will order Kepler to point its antenna at Earth to return data. It is not clear whether Kepler has enough fuel for data transmission. However, if this task can be completed, NASA plans to launch the 19th "observation activity" of the Kepler "K2" mission, which began in 2014. NASA said, "Transferring data back to Earth is the highest priority for surplus fuel."

Kepler had been dormant before, and the space telescope encountered considerable trouble during its nine-year operation. When Kepler entered a similar model in 2016, it caused NASA to announce a temporary “emergency”. But Kepler's biggest trouble came from 2012, when the telescope's four gyroscope "reaction wheels" stopped working.

After the Kepler Space Telescope was confirmed to be ending "life", NASA has launched a successor to Kepler, the "Transit Exodus Planetary Satellite" (TESS), which has shared the first photo from space.

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