NASA'south planet-hunting Kepler Spacecraft in emergency mode

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 9:34 PM

The treasured spacecraft — responsible for detecting nearly 5.000 planets exterior our solar system — slipped into emergency mode sometime latest week.

NASA'south planet-hunting Kepler Spacecraft in emergency mode

NASA is trying to resuscitate its planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft, in a state of emergency seventy-five million miles away.

The treasured spacecraft — responsible for detecting nearly 5.000 planets exterior our solar system — slipped into emergency mode sometime latest week. The latest regular contact was April four; everything seemed normal then.

Ground controllers discovered the problem Thursday, right before they were going to point Kepler toward the middle of the Milky Way as portion of a new kind of planetary survey. Kepler was going to connect ground observatories in surveying millions of stars in the heart of our galaxy, in hopes of finding planets distant from their suns, love our own outer planets, as well as stray planets that might be wandering between stars.

This is the latest crisis in the life of Kepler.

Launched in two thousand-ninth, the spacecraft completed its primary mission in two thousand-twelfth. Despite repeated breakdowns, Kepler kept going on an extended mission dubbed K2 — until now. The vast distance between Kepler and Earth create it all the harder to fix. From seventy-five million miles away, signals would take thirteen minutes to go back and forth, according to mission manager Charlie Sobeck at NASA'south Ames Research Middle in Mountain View, California.

Recovering from this emergency condition "is the team'south priority at this time," Sobeck said in a web upgrade this weekend.

More than 1.000 of Kepler'south detected 5.000 exoplanets have been confirmed to date, according to NASA.

Kepler is named after the seventeenth cent German astronomer and mathematician Johannes Kepler.

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Online:

NASA: http://www. nasa. gov/mission-pages/kepler/main/index. html

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