Kepler space telescope NASA resumes search for exoplanets




The Kepler space telescope NASA has begun Campaign 9 of its K2 mission. That means that the technical difficulties of the spacecraft in the past few weeks was now fully resolved.

NASA late on its website to know that K2 mission is officially resumed. Last week, the agency engaged in heruploaden of mission parameters, reset the logs and counters, and entering a new command sequence. The telescope is to the middle of the Milky Way Campaign 9 directed in favor of, or C9. This lasts until July 1, and the center of the Milky Way is no longer visible for the spacecraft and Campaign 10 starts. Then Kepler focuses on “a whole new set of interesting targets in space. ”

The problems that NASA itself discovered on April 7, have been overcome but not become totally clear. NASA discovered that Kepler had gone into emergency mode, but did not know why. In that state, the spacecraft will only function at a low level, and it consumes a lot of fuel. A few days after the discovery knew the Kepler Agency this mode fetch and began investigating the problem.

“It seems that it was a non-recurring event that went off a deluge of false alarms. This overwhelmed Kepler and placed in Emergency Mode ‘, says NASA. Because it was false alarm was sufficient to export the systems on board the spacecraft and turn back. The mission is resumed and the investigation into the incident continues. Kepler Planet Hunter has in the past already several times Earth-like planets out to detect.


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