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Questions tagged [kepler-telescope]

Kepler is a space observatory launched by NASA to discover Earth-like planets orbiting other stars.

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How will NASA know for sure if its “Good night, Kepler” instruction was correctly and completely executed?

The NASA News item Kepler Space Telescope Bid ‘Goodnight’ With Final Set of Commands says: On Thursday evening, NASA’s Kepler space telescope received its final set of commands to disconnect ...
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RIP Kepler, how shall we call your orbit? Does this cyclic flip-flop process have a name?

So long, and thanks for all the Fish Planets The captions in the NASA Ames Research Center video What Will Happen to NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft? read as follows: NASA’s Kepler space telescope found ...
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Why would Kepler rotate towards Earth to transfer data?

A question from here: "Why would Kepler rotate towards Earth instead of having an antenna always directed to Earth"?
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Kepler has 16 GB of memory. Is this DRAM?

I'm writing a book chapter about Kepler, both the man and the spacecraft. I can't find much about the computer system and memory. In particular, I'd like to know if the 16 GB memory is DRAM, since I ...
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Why was Kepler's orbit chosen to continue to drift away from Earth?

The Kepler telescope was launched from Earth on March 7 2009 and placed in an independent orbit around the Sun, with a semimajor axis of 1.0132 AU, period of 372.53 days, and an eccentricity of 0.036 ...
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What kind of space telescope would be needed to detect oxygen in the atmosphere of a nearby extrasolar planet?

Would existing or upcoming telescopes (such as James Webb) be powerful enough to perform spectroscopy on an extra solar planet? Or would this require technology that is far beyond our current or ...
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When did Kepler roll over and how does it match the anomalies of KIC 8462852?

The Kepler space telescope, during its first mission, rolled over four times per year in order to keep its heat shield facing the Sun. At what dates (in that BJD time format) was this done during the ...
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Recent anomaly in star system detected by Kepler mission

Recently the Kepler Mission detected a anomaly in a star system (KIC 8462852) that people are speculating could be a sign of intelligent life (aliens) being cause for anomaly. What was exactly going ...
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How do we determine and estimate the age of exoplanets like Kepler-452b?

Scientists recently discovered an exoplanet named Kepler-452b which they state is "is 6 billion years old". How did they determine this age? How could we possibly predict the age of any exoplanet? ...
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NASA just announced 715 new exoplanets were discovered, what do we know about them?

I have been trying to find information on how far away these new exoplanets are from Sol. Does anybody have a map or a table that shows their distance to us in light years. There only seem to be 100 ...
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Why would Kepler’s pointing problems be minimized if aimed within the ecliptic?

Having read a few articles on the suggested new uses for the crippled Kepler space observatory with only two out of four functioning reaction wheels, several ideas suggest that Kepler’s pointing ...
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What kind of science can be conducted with the crippled Kepler telescope?

Recently, NASA declared the Kepler telescope 'unfixable'. However, it doesn't seem to be the end of the telescope, as NASA appears to have asked the broader scientific community for suggestions on ...