NASA to Provide Update on Fate of Kepler Spacecraft Today: See It Live

Space.com | 10/30/2018 | Staff
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NASA has known that the Kepler spacecraft, its iconic planet-hunting telescope, has been running out of fuel since March, and today (Oct. 30), the agency is providing an update about the instrument's status.

The news conference will begin at 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT), and you can watch it live at Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV.

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According to the most recent NASA announcement, which was released on Oct. 23, the Kepler Space Telescope had gone offline just a few days after beginning a new observing campaign.

Recently, scientists have been putting the instrument to sleep partway through observation sessions in order to ensure it has enough fuel to send that information home. It was unclear in last week's announcement whether the most recent sleep mode had been triggered on purpose or was the spacecraft's response to a problem.

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NASA has gathered a team of five Kepler experts for today's news conference, including Paul Hertz, who is head of the...
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