LISTEN LIVE AT 4 PM EDT: NASA Discusses Kepler Status


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NASA will brief reporters on the status of the planet-hunting Kepler Space Telescope, which has been sidelined by a reaction wheel problem that the mission team said last month appears unsolvable. Launched in 2009, the Ball Aerospace-built telescope has completed its 3.5-year prime mission and has been working on an extended mission that runs through late 2016.
NASA sent out the following media advisory Wednesday (May 15) afternoon.
NASA has scheduled a news telecon this afternoon at 4 p.m. EDT to discuss the status of the agency’s Kepler Space Telescope. I wanted to ensure you didn’t miss the opportunity to listen in and ask questions.  Audio of the teleconference will also be streamed live on NASA’s website at:
Kepler is the first NASA mission capable of finding Earth-size planets in or near the habitable zone, which is the range of distance from a star where the surface temperature of an orbiting planet might be suitable for liquid water. Launched in 2009, the Kepler space telescope is detecting planets and planet candidates with a wide range of sizes and orbital distances to help us better understand our place in the galaxy.
  • NASA News Teleconference
  • Status of NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope
  • May 15, 2013, 4 p.m.EDT
  • Panelists:
  • John Grunsfeld, Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington
  • Paul Hertz, astrophysics director, NASA Headquarters, Washington
  • William Borucki, Kepler science principal investigator, Ames Research Center, Calif.
  • Charles Sobeck, deputy project manager, Ames Research Center, Calif.

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