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Kepler Telescope Ends The Hunt For Other Earths

August 15, 2013 | 2:18 pm

Kepler Telescope Ends The Hunt For Other Earths

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It’s a sad day. After four years, the Kepler spacecraft has ended its search for habitable planets beyond our solar system. NASA confirmed today that it will no longer attempt to repair two failing, gyroscope-like wheels that kept Kepler steady, meaning that scientists cannot aim the telescope as precisely as they need to. The Kepler […]

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April 16, 2012 | 3:02 pm

Video: Planet Hunter Geoff Marcy on The Search For Extraterrestrial Life

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From KQED QUEST’s Andrea Kissack: NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler space telescope has been given more time to look for life-supporting planets outside our own solar system. The project, which has found more than 2,000 planets since it was launched in 2009, recently edged out several popular space programs to secure an extension in funding. Geoff Marcy […]

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NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers Two Earth-Sized Planets; Video: Watch Narrated Overview

December 20, 2011 | 2:31 pm

NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers Two Earth-Sized Planets; Video: Watch Narrated Overview

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NASA scientists, including astronomers from NASA Ames and UC Berkeley, today announced they’ve discovered two rocky planets, each about the same size as Earth, orbiting a star almost 1,000 light years away. The Kepler project uses a space-based telescope to constantly monitor some 200,000 stars in the Milky Way system. Based on tiny flickerings of […]

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January 10, 2011 | 11:10 am

NASA Mission Detects ‘Earth-Like’ Planet

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NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View says that the agency’s Kepler mission, dedicated to locating planets orbiting stars other than our sun, has found its first rocky planet. That makes it a cousin of sorts to our favorite planet, Earth, which is also rocky (as opposed to gaseous, like Jupiter, Saturn, and the hundreds […]

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