NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has suffered no long-term effects from an anomaly last month that threatened the mission, and the spacecraft should be able to operate for at least two more years, the mission’s manager said May 10.
NASA's William Borucki just won the $1 million Shaw Prize in Astronomy for his work discovering extrasolar planets.
Not bad considering that Borucki and his planet-hunting Kepler telescope were in NASA's dog house two years before launch.
NASA’s hobbled Kepler spacecraft is once again seeking out strange new worlds under a new 80-day mission to hunt for alien planets.
Scientists have discovered an Earth-sized alien planet in the habitable zone of its host star.
The proposed mission would use the hobbled space telescope to continue scanning for Earth-like planets orbiting the habitable zone of faraway stars.
An astronomy professor quizzed by the House Science Committee about how NASA should probe the universe for signs of life said the agency could collaborate on an international telescope to perform detailed observations of faraway, Earth-like planets discovered by the Kepler Space Telescope.
NASA is looking for a new mission that could keep the observatory, and the team at the Ames Research Center that operates it, busy.
The space agency issued a call for new mission proposals to help prepare for the likelihood that Kepler will never fully regain its health.
Kepler should be able to achieve its primary goal regardless of whether or not it can bounce back from a recent malfunction.
NASA engineers are preparing a plan to return the planet-hunting Kepler space telescope to service following a reaction wheel failure that shut down the four-year-old observatory in May.
The planet-hunting days of NASA's prolific Kepler space telescope, which has discovered more than 2,700 potential alien worlds to date, may be over.