Kepler Telescope almost out of fuel, goes in to hibernation

The End Is Nigh for NASA's Planet Hunting Kepler Space Telescope

NASA's storied Kepler Space Telescope - the craft which has discovered thousands of exoplanets since its launch in 2009 - is entering the retirement phase of its lifespan.

For now, Kepler's team is concentrating on the downloading of data gathered during the spacecraft's most recent observation. The agency has been monitoring the Kepler spacecraft closely for signs of low fuel, and expects it to run out of fuel in the next few months.

The Kepler mission team recently received an indication that the spacecraft is running very low on fuel.

The Kepler team will wake up the spacecraft on August 2 and maneuver it to the correct orientation to downlink the data.

China hits back after U.S. imposes tariffs worth $34bn
European pork will gain some ground over the US , which shipped nearly $500 million worth of pork to China previous year . The trade war arrives with many companies already struggling to find workers and facing backlogs to receive supplies.

Croatian experience up against English youth for place in final
Brod Fortress, which is an important piece of cultural heritage. will again be packed this Wednesday when fans will be cheering on their boy against England.

Yaşar Güler appointed as Turkey's new Chief of Staff
In a speech on Saturday, Erdogan said he would tackle high-interest rates, inflation and a wide current account deficit. Erdogan appointed his son-in-law as Turkey's finance minister on Monday hours after taking his oath of office.

Now the telescope will not hold any scientific observation - he'll have to wait until August 2 when, according to the plan, will transfer the data collected in the last 51 days. The spacecraft finds alien worlds via the "transit method", noticing the tiny brightness dips caused when orbiting planets cross a star's face from Kepler's perspective.

Kepler has been on its 18th observation since May 12 of this year (2018), studying a cluster of stars near the constellation of Cancer that the spacecraft had previously observed in 2015. So now, NASA says returning the data back to Earth is the highest priority for the remaining fuel. Astronomers hope that this information will provide the opportunity to confirm the existence of new exoplanets. Most notable, in 2013, a malfunctioned reaction wheel on the spacecraft prevented it from being stable required NASA to readjust the mission for the Kepler. The planets come in all sizes and shapes and range from Jupiter like big and weird sized planet that orbit a binary star system to the ones that are closer in size and orbit to Earth. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, managed Kepler mission development. The mission resumed under the moniker K2 in May 2014. The spacecraft, launched in April, is created to find Earth-sized planets that orbit within the "habitable zone" of stars.

NASA has already launched Kepler's successor, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, which will also hunt for exoplanets. Researchers repurposed the spacecraft by changing its field of view and named this extended mission K2.

The spacecraft was given a new lease on life by using the pressure of sunlight to maintain its pointing, like a kayak steering into the current.

Related News:



Most liked

Airbus is building the next Mars rover
Clearly it would be a mission of huge firsts for humanity, but the real action will start once the samples show up here on Earth. David Parker, Director of Human and Robotic Exploration at ESA, highlighted the significance of the proposed mission.

Rory McIlroy notices improvements in his game ahead of The Open
The New Zealander had that putt for the title but missed on the high side and the pair were left to go back up the last. I said to my caddie (on the play-off hole) we've already made this putt, it can't be too hard . "These things happen.

Iranian oil imports dip 25 per cent in June
Speaking to Sky News Arabia, he said that a focus remains on denying "Iran the financial capacity to continue this bad behavior". Iran supplied 18.4 million tonnes of crude oil during April 2017 and January 2018 (first 10 months of 2017-18 fiscal).

Varner, Kraft tied for lead at Greenbrier in West Virginia
Anirban Lahiri of India, who shot a 61 in the second round, shot 71-76 on the weekend to end up tied for 39th at 5 under. On the 493-yard par-4 11th hole, Stallings reached the green in 2 and sunk a 19-foot putt for birdie.

This is the world’s oldest colour
The pink was created by cyanobacteria, which was a dominant presence on earth before algae took over 650 million years ago. That chlorophyll was produced by ancient photosynthetic organisms that inhabited an ancient ocean that vanished eons ago.

Like Every Mom, Kylie Jenner Struggles with Post-Baby Body Insecurities
She was always super insecure growing up with thin lips, even saying that boys didn't want to kiss her because of it. She continued: "I feel like I have fake abs now, it's just like, genetics".

Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive in Ireland on first worldwide trip
And in a cosy selfie with the designer a year ago , she wrote: 'Because lunch with @roland_mouret is the very best kind of lunch'. Harry and Meghan's engagements will include official meetings with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and President Michael D Higgins.

Thibaut Courtois Continues To Hint At Leaving Chelsea For Madrid
The Blues have already been linked with both Alisson and Kasper Schmeichel as possible replacements for the Belgian worldwide . As speculation over his future continues, a Chelsea star appears to have hinted that he would like to move to Real Madrid.

Sei Young Kim breaks LPGA record with 31-under total
During her first season on the LPGA Tour , Kim won three tournaments to earn the Tour's Rookie of the Year award. To play that good, I mean, you have to play every shot pretty good.

Neville thought 3 England stars would struggle at World Cup
Some Tottenham Hotspur fans have ripped into Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud after his France performance at the World Cup. We know what it takes and in such moments you forget any fatigue you may feel", said the 29-year-old Liverpool player.

Iran says Trump 'destabilising' oil market
South Korean embassy in Tehran on Saturday denied that the country has stopped oil imports from Iran, IRAN Daily reported. Even if the Europeans cave in to U.S. demands, the world has changed a great deal since the pre-Iran deal era.

Liverpool open talks with Stoke City over Xherdan Shaqiri transfer
Fekir, in any case, is still with France at the World Cup and would not be due to return to action until early-August. Shaqiri joined Stoke in 2015 from Inter Milan before going on to make 84 league appearances for the club.

JetBlue Flight Attendants Saved French Bulldog Who Couldn't Breathe on Flight
JetBlue released a statement to ABC News about the incident, which could have been unsafe had flight crew not reacted. Darcy, a three-year-old French bulldog, started panting heavily on her flight from Orlando to MA last week.

Giant Diaper-Clad ‘Trump Baby’ Blimp Now Set for a World Tour
It urges demonstrators to 'be prepared to take to the streets in the most incredible protest in our history'. The Trump blimp baby is expected to make its debut during this time .

Thierry Henry has shaped Romelu Lukaku into World Cup's most impressive striker
He posted the boys' photos and said the victory "goes to the heroes of the day, well done boys, you are so strong". France is back in the World Cup final for the first time since Zinedine Zidane's headbutt in 2006.