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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