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post Apr 8 2009, 04:39 AM
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http://kepler.nasa.gov/about/news.html

2009 April 7 RELEASE: The dust cover on NASA's Kepler spacecraft is scheduled to be ejected tonight, no earlier than 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time, with a backup opportunity tomorrow evening.
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post Apr 8 2009, 05:07 AM
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Ejected successfully!

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n0904/07kepler/

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post Apr 8 2009, 05:13 AM
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News release: 2009-065 April 7, 2009

Dust Cover Jettisoned From NASA's Kepler Telescope

Engineers have successfully ejected the dust cover from NASA's Kepler telescope, a spaceborne mission soon to begin searching for worlds like Earth.

"The cover released and flew away exactly as we designed it to do," said Kepler Project Manager James Fanson of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. "This is a critical step toward answering a question that has come down to us across 100 generations of human history -- are there other planets like Earth, or are we alone in the galaxy?"




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post Apr 8 2009, 08:44 AM
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Bring us those brave new worlds Kepler! smile.gif


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post Apr 8 2009, 05:31 PM
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Anyone know how thick the "wire" was and was there back up circuits to power it and burn it through ?

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post Apr 8 2009, 11:50 PM
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KEPLER is close to starting its science mission... I tremble with anticipation... eta sub E of the Drake equation is about to be quantified...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_equation

We stand where Galileo did 400 years ago. What will we know in four years?

GLORIOUS!

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post Apr 9 2009, 02:46 AM
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According to this Planetary Society blog entry about the dust cover ejection, Kepler is more than 3 million kilometers from Earth already. Wow...

(Hopefully that's far enough away from city lights... rolleyes.gif )
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post Apr 16 2009, 05:01 PM
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It's FULL of stars!!! smile.gif
http://beyondthecradle.wordpress.com/2009/...-full-of-stars/


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post Apr 17 2009, 03:43 PM
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QUOTE (ustrax @ Apr 16 2009, 05:01 PM) *


And proberbly several earth like planets.
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post Apr 17 2009, 03:55 PM
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A reconfirmation of TrES-2 would be nice first bit of news.
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post Apr 17 2009, 06:47 PM
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Well, there's a transit every few days, so the Kepler scientists might have already seen it!
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post Apr 17 2009, 10:13 PM
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Just for your amusement...
Seems as if Kepler has already made an astounding discovery according to this report. blink.gif wacko.gif

Telescope finds 100,000 possible Earth-like stars

So, it's already found them. The stars are 'Earth-like' (so not very bright then). To top that, according to the article... like Kepler, Ball Aerospace & Technologies is being controlled on a day-to-day basis by students at the University of Colorado.

A lovely job of taking probably what was a longer article or press release and then editing it so it makes no sense at all.
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post Apr 18 2009, 04:24 AM
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FULL INLINE QUOTE REMOVED - ADMIN

Plenty of fail in that article. I have to wonder what the editors were busy with when that column hit their inbox for approval.

There may well be 100 Denver-based BLOGS with better and more accurate Kepler content. I love the internet.
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post Apr 21 2009, 04:31 AM
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QUOTE (Decepticon @ Apr 17 2009, 10:55 AM) *
A reconfirmation of TrES-2 would be nice first bit of news.

So, any predictions as to when that will be?

At 2.5 days between transits, a solid confirmation will take between 5 and 7.5 days of observations, plus whatever wait time there is till the next scheduled download, and however long it takes to eke out the light curves from the data.

Before the middle of May, perchance?
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QUOTE (tacitus @ Apr 20 2009, 08:31 PM) *
So, any predictions as to when that will be?

I would guess mid-May at the latest. Probably earlier. I think the team will probably use TrES for calibration.

During the science phase, the team will have monthly downlinks.

During the calibration phase, I'd expect the downlinks to be scheduled as needed.
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