16 August 2013
NASA announced Thursday that it will stop trying to fix its planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft’s non-functioning reaction wheels. As a result, Kepler will never improve enough to search for exoplanets again. While Kepler’s mission was considered a success, much of its data has yet to be examined, and NASA is still looking for ways to still utilize the telescope.  They have asked for ideas as the telescope remains perfect. Astronomers are still working on the large collection of observations Kepler made. Kepler discovered 3,548 possible planets, verified approximately 135 from other instruments, and hundreds or thousands more are in the pipeline. (Image Credit: NASA)
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