NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft Nearing the End as Fuel Runs Low

March 14, 2018

Trailing Earth’s orbit at 94 million miles away, the Kepler space telescope has survived many potential knock-outs during its nine years in flight, from mechanical failures to being blasted by cosmic rays. At this rate, the hardy spacecraft may reach its finish line in a manner we will consider a wonderful success. Read more

Source: Kepler News and Features

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New Horizons Chooses Nickname for ‘Ultimate’ Flyby Target

March 13, 2018

As New Horizons continues exploring the unknown, the mission team has selected a nickname for its next flyby target in the outer reaches of the solar system. With public input, the team has chosen “Ultima Thule” for the Kuiper Belt object officially known as 2014 MU69. Read more

Source: New Horizons News Release

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Kepler Shifts Its View Toward Targets in the Constellation Virgo

March 9, 2018

The seventeenth observing campaign of the Kepler spacecraft’s K2 extended mission is now underway. The cartoon illustrates some of the objects of interest that Kepler is observing for 68 days, from Mar. 1 to May 8, 2018. The campaign has prospects for discoveries among more 30,000 objects in the direction of the constellation Virgo. Read more

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