Kepler telescope can’t be fixed

It had been NASA’s top planet-hunting telescope

By Andrew Grant, 13:31 PM August 23, 2013


This drawing depicts the Kepler space telescope in space. Two of its four reaction wheels on the have failed and NASA can’t repair them. Credit: NASA



Since its launch on March 6, 2009, the $600 million Kepler space telescope has been hunting for planets outside Earth’s solar system. And to date, it’s turned up thousands.  But in July 2012, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced that one important part on the spacecraft had failed. In May of this year, a sister part failed. NASA initially hoped it might fix the broken parts. No more. On August 15, space-agency officials announced that Kepler’s damage was beyond repai...

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