The Kepler Space Telescope was one of the most important NASA missions. However, the telescope is out of fuel which means that it’s time to be put on sleep. NASA revealed that the spacecraft was put into a hibernation mode, and reactivating it might burn out the rest of the fuel.
The Kepler Space Telescope was launched back in 2009. Its mission was to find out more about the planets in our galaxy. The spacecraft managed to discover numerous exoplanets and planets that exist outside our solar system.
Right now the Kepler Space Telescope is located 94 million miles away from our planet and it managed to scan a section close to our galaxy. Thanks to this spacecraft, researchers have discovered 2,650 planets.
The planets are quite diverse as well. They have different sizes and shapes. For example, there are planets that are similar to planet Earth when it comes to orbit and size. There is also a planet that orbits a binary star system and it is the size of Jupiter.
The spacecraft also helped us understand which kinds of planets are out there and we learnt more about the origins of our planet. There are also several unconfirmed discoveries that need to be further studied by researchers.
Turning Kepler back on
NASA decided to turn back the spacecraft in August. During that month the Kepler Space Telescope will point its antenna towards our planet in order to get the latest sky survey. We do not know yet if there will be enough fuel to do this. This is a process that will consume a lot of fuel.
NASA knew from the beginning that the fuel might not be enough, but this time “returning the data back to Earth is the highest priority for the remaining fuel.”
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