Planet Stalking Kepler Space Telescope Meets Its End

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It is reported that the spacecraft Kepler has exhausted its fuel and can no longer perform scientific operations.

Originally positioned to stare continuously at 1,50,000 stars in one star-studded patch of the sky in the constellation Cygnus, Kepler took the first survey of planets in our galaxy and became Nasa's first mission to detect Earth-size planets in the habitable zones of their stars.

TESS builds on Kepler's foundation with fresh batches of data in its search of planets orbiting some 2,00,000 of the brightest and nearest stars to the Earth. Kepler has also identified thousands more possible planets that are pending further investigation.

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered everything from a cosmic bat shadow to a skull and crossbones nebula, so among all the spooky images it's nice to spot a friendly face. Herz noted that scientific work is a space Observatory is complete. However, recently NASA's Kepler team received an indication that the spacecraft's fuel tank is nearly empty. New research into stars with Kepler data also is furthering other areas of astronomy, such as the history of our Milky Way galaxy and the beginning stages of exploding stars called supernovae that are used to study how fast the universe is expanding. Kepler telescope had been running low on fuel for months.

Since 2009 the telescope has played a massive role in exploring places outside of the solar system - in fact, it has discovered more than 2600 planets, many of which could possibly support life.

In NASA noted that the spacecraft does not threaten the Earth. This will allow scientists to make new discoveries even if Kepler's mission has officially ended.

NASA's OG planet hunter had spent nine years in deep space and discovered 2,600 previously unknown planets that may or may not be breeding alien life (and indicated the existence of billions more).

NASA's Astrophysics Explorer Program has selected the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) Mission to fly in 2017.

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