CitizenVectron Posted October 31, 2018 Share Posted October 31, 2018 http://time.com/5439845/nasa-kepler-space-telescope-retires/?utm_campaign=time&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&xid=time_socialflow_twitter Quote NASA’s most prolific planet-hunter is powering down after nearly a decade of revealing the diversity of our galaxy’s planets. The Kepler space telescope will be retired after running out of fuel nine years after its initial launch, the space agency announced Tuesday. But the innovative spacecraft enjoyed an illustrious career, discovering as many as 2,600 planets and inspiring new fields of research, NASA said. Among its chief insights: that planets far outnumber stars. Quote Over the course of its nine years, Kepler identified 2,662 planets and 61 supernovae on just 3.12 gallons of fuel. Its discoveries also supported nearly 3,000 scientific papers. Scientists said that Kepler’s data will support further research for a decade to come. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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