Sun shines new life on Kepler space telescope

Sun shines new life on Kepler space telescope

NASA’s prolific planet hunter brought back to life by balancing on sunlight

By Christopher Crockett, 13:04 PM May 23, 2014

Reports of Kepler’s death have been greatly exaggerated.

NASA’s flagship planet hunter, which netted nearly 1,000 confirmed exoplanets during its four-year mission, is getting a second chance at life with a little help from the sun. The space agency has given the new mission, dubbed K2, the go-ahead to start observations at the end of May.

Kepler was knocked out of commission last spring when the second of its four reaction wheels stopped working (SN Online: 5/15/13). The reaction wheels keep t...

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