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NASA’s Kepler Mission Reincarnated

KQED Science | February 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

NASA’s Kepler Mission Reincarnated

Space exploration has suffered its share of setbacks and disappointments over the decades, but few of them stung as much as the 2013 mechanical failure of the Kepler spacecraft, a space telescope designed to accomplish one of the most exciting explorations of space ever: the search for potentially Earth-like planets orbiting other stars.

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Kepler 10c: An Unexpected Heavyweight Earth

KQED Science | June 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kepler 10c: An Unexpected Heavyweight Earth

How big can an Earth-like planet be? Astronomers thought they had a pretty good handle on this question but have just been given a fresh example of how nature never ceases to outpace our imaginations and show us something unexpected.

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From 63 Light Years Away, An Exoplanet is Ready for Its Closeup

KQED Science | May 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

From 63 Light Years Away, An Exoplanet is Ready for Its Closeup

Recently, a major milestone in space exploration was reached: a planet was captured in a picture! The big deal is that the planet captured in this shot, a gas giant planet named Beta Pictoris b, is 63 light years away--over 100,000 times farther away than even Pluto.

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Space 2013: Another Great Year of Cosmic Adventure

KQED Science | December 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Space 2013: Another Great Year of Cosmic Adventure

Let's take a moment to tally a few of 2013's highlights of astronomy and space exploration. In brief, it was a very good year on a number of fronts.

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Is NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft Down For The Count?

KQED Science | May 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Is NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft Down For The Count?

Is NASA's Kepler spacecraft, that amazing extrasolar-planet-spotter in the sky, down for the count?

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