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Old 16 May 2013, 04:56 AM
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Default Future of planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft uncertain after malfunction

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler telescope is broken, potentially jeopardizing the search for other worlds where life could exist outside our solar system.

http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/207594181.html

This is bad news. It's lost two of four gyro-stabilizers. Even if the shuttle was still flying, it's too far away to reach. It was just starting to hit its stride.
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Old 16 May 2013, 03:15 PM
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The telescope could be used for other purposes even if it can no longer track down planets.
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Its mission was supposed to be over by now, but last year, NASA agreed to keep Kepler running through 2016
Even if it can no longer search for planets, it's not useless. And I think it says something very optimistic that we're disappointed that it has failed after its mission was supposed to be over. Here's hoping they do keep using it.

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Old 16 May 2013, 03:19 PM
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It's funny how we got so used missions that have gone way beyond their designed specifications (e.g., the Mars rovers, Voyagers, Cassini, etc.) that we are now disappointed when a mission only lasts as long as it was supposed to.

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Old 16 May 2013, 08:58 PM
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And I think it says something very optimistic that we're disappointed that it has failed after its mission was supposed to be over.
Actually, what it mostly says is that estimating the useable lifetime of something as specialized as a spacecraft is basically little more than a WAG. When you can't reasonably estimate something you need to underestimate it to reduce liability.

Besides, it isn't as if all space probes have exceeded their life expectancy. Earthlings went through a pretty long period where every probe to Mars failed before their life expectancy.
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Old 01 November 2018, 01:00 AM
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Icon07 Kepler telescope dead after finding thousands of worlds

Officials announced the Kepler Space Telescope's demise Tuesday.

Already well past its expected lifetime, the 9 1/2-year-old Kepler had been running low on fuel for months. Its ability to point at distant stars and identify possible alien worlds worsened dramatically at the beginning of October, but flight controllers still managed to retrieve its latest observations. The telescope has now gone silent, its fuel tank empty.




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Five and a half years beyond "uncertain" ain't that shabby. Good robot!
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I agree, and it’s so nice to finally see some good robots getting a bit of coverage. Entirely too much of this guy gracing the news:

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I agree, and itís so nice to finally see some good robots getting a bit of coverage. Entirely too much of this guy gracing the news:
Have we ever actually seen that guy do anything bad?
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Have we ever actually seen that guy do anything bad?
He is red, reds are communists, communists are basically Democrats, Democrats are bad. QED.
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He told JJ Abrams that lens flare would make his movie look "futuristic".
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