The Kepler mission has ended

Spacewatch: Nasa retires planet hunter after it runs out of fuel

"Its discoveries have shed a new light on our place in the universe, and illuminated the tantalising mysteries and possibilities among the stars".

"The search for exoplanets using the Kepler data is still underway".

The Kepler space telescope has been shut down from his nine years of mission.

"Kepler has exceeded all of our expectations and paved the way for our exploration and search for life in the solar system and beyond", Thomas Zurbuchen, deputy director of NASA's Science Missions Department, said in a statement.

"The Kepler mission was based on a very innovative design".

Are we alone? NASA's new planet-hunting mission, poised to launch Monday, aims to advance the search for extraterrestrial life by scanning the skies for nearby, Earth-like planets. But in place of that Kepler was seen to found a rich diversity of planets which is around many types of stars. The spacecraft continued to work past the limit researchers estimated but when it reached four years there was a mechanical problem that stopped it from running temporarily. Kepler's readings have helped scientists study in depth the history of our Milky Way galaxy and the early stages of supernovae.

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Unlike Cassini, whose kamikaze plunge into Saturn was its final, fiery farewell to the universe, Kepler will get a decommissioning command beamed to it from the NASA team on Earth.

It is reported that the spacecraft Kepler has exhausted its fuel and can no longer perform scientific operations.

The Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes or MAST at the Space Telescope Science Institute will make the data accumulated over almost a decade of deep space observation available to the public.

"I'm excited about the diverse discoveries that are yet to come from our data and how future missions will build upon Kepler's results".

NASA says scientists have made discoveries at an incredible pace, and the data from Kepler will keep them going for at least the next decade. Kepler's more advanced successor is the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), launched in April. Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation in Boulder, Colorado, operates the flight system with support from the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

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