Kepler space telescope NASA in trouble again

Apr

11

2016

The Kepler space telescope NASA is in trouble again. The spacecraft is since sometime in the last week in emergency mode, but why is not known. NASA is working currently to regain functioning Kepler.

NASA does not know how it is that Kepler has put himself in Emergency Mode. It knows this may present itself either. On April 4, NASA still had contact with the space telescope and everything was fine. Emergency mode is defined as the state with “the least functionality,” and “high fuel efficiency. Kepler in 2014 already suffered damage to his gyroscopic flywheel, but NASA knew remotely using a ” trick ” to compensate.

Getting to grips with the problem Kepler is hindered by the distance between the Earth and the spacecraft, which is currently hovering at more than 120 million kilometers through space. “Even with the speed of light takes 13 minutes for a signal to the spacecraft and forth can travel back,” says K2 mission manager Charlie Sobeck. The situation is considered an emergency and communication with Kepler takes precedence when the Deep Space Network of the agency. These are the dishes in California, Spain and Australia.

Kepler space telos coop The Kepler space telescope launched by NASA in 2009 with the mission to detect potentially habitable planets orbiting around stars other than the sun. In the course of the years, Kepler has multiple ‘earth-like’ planets found in the universe. In total, nearly a thousand exoplanets Kepler managed to identify. The space telescope has completed its mission in 2012 and then began a second mission, called K2. In addition, the company has preserved its search for exoplanets and offers the possibility for NASA to study stars, supernovae and other objects.

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