19 July 2013
NASA began attempts to save the Kepler telescope on Thursday, with recovery efforts expected to last for a week. Officials won’t know until later this month at the earliest whether these efforts are successful. Two months ago, Kepler lost the second of four wheels that control its position in space. It needs three functional wheels, and engineers plan to send commands to try to get the broken wheels working again. Launched in 2009, Kepler has confirmed 134 planets and spotted more than 3,200 potential ones. (Image Credit: NASA)
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