NASA Officially Announced The ‘Death’ Of The Kepler Space Telescope

NASA Officially Announced The ‘Death’ Of The Kepler Space Telescope

NASA Officially Announced The ‘Death’ Of The Kepler Space Telescope

Since 2009 the telescope has played a massive role in exploring places outside of the solar system - in fact, it has discovered more than 2600 planets, many of which could possibly support life.

This image was spotted as part of Hubble mission to better understand how new stars are born. It will then float lifelessly through space in a dark, cold afterlife.

Thanks to Kepler, the study of exoplanets has seen a remarkable boost in the past decade. It worked by looking for the small and temporary dip in the brightness of stars, which are caused by orbiting exoplanets crossing in front of them. Whether or not that means odd organisms have spawned there, the space telescope has left behind a legacy. Now, however, Kepler's fantastic journey came to an end, many upcoming missions are waiting in the wings and will take over the exoplanet search. The new planet seeker is sending back data on planets orbiting around 200,000 of the brightest stars nearest to Earth, which NASA's James Webb Space Telescope will take a closer look at once it actually gets off the ground.

"Now that we know that planets are everywhere, Kepler has put us on a new path full of promise for future generations to explore our galaxy", said the veteran NASA researcher.

What we might find could be wilder than anything out of science fiction.

The Kepler mission had an impressive success as Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate himself admits that it was 'wildly exceeded all our expectations.' Along with its nine years-long mission, the telescope collected a huge amount of new data that now scientist have to interpret and learn about.

One such planet, Kepler-186f, is very much like Earth.

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.

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

NASA lauded the discoveries made by the spacecraft, many of which it said could be promising places for life. TESS will follow in the footsteps of NASA's pioneering Kepler Mission, continuing the groundbreaking ...

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