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post Jul 19 2016, 03:39 PM
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Keplers K2 mission adds 197 planet candidates of which 109 planets have been verified so far. One relatively nearby M class red dwarf system named K2-72 turned out to have at least 4 planets where several might be rocky.University of Arizona webpage..
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post Jul 13 2018, 09:14 PM
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Kepler seems about ready to hand the baton off to TESS.

Kepler End of Mission
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post Oct 30 2018, 09:17 PM
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Thank you, Kepler mission!

NASA Retires Kepler Space Telescope

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After nine years in deep space collecting data that indicate our sky to be filled with billions of hidden planets - more planets even than stars - NASA's Kepler space telescope has run out of 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 2,600 planet discoveries from outside our solar system, many of which could be promising places for life.




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"Zis is not nuts, zis is super-nuts!" Mathematician Richard Courant on viewing an Orion test
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post Oct 31 2018, 01:32 AM
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One of the greatest revelations in human history is the fact that, indeed, endless worlds beckon. For generations people were labeled insane or as hopeless dreamers for even harboring the thought.

Dreamers--yes. But dreams can be made real by those who dare, as our eyes open here in our cradle. That is the true legacy of this mission and the people who made it happen.

Thank you, Kepler team.



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A few will take this knowledge and use this power of a dream realized as a force for change, an impetus for further discovery to make less ancient dreams real.
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post Oct 31 2018, 01:23 PM
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If you get a clear night after sunset this month, you may find Vega and Deneb in the high-to-western part of the sky and between them, give a thought to the Kepler field, where >150K stars were stared at for four years, and where most known exoplanets currently lie.

Kepler was a mission of firsts like few between it, and there's no way to summarize all those firsts briefly. Suffice it to say that thousands of new worlds were discovered. It also gave us a definitive answer about the frequency of earth-sized planets getting earth-like warming from their stars (about 0.5 per red dwarf and about 0.125 per sunlike star). That was all in a pinch under a decade (launched March 2009).

Cheers, Kepler and Kepler team!
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