Thursday, May 12, 2016

Kepler's Emergency Seems to Have no Long Term Effects

NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has suffered no long-term effects from an anomaly last month that threatened the mission, and the spacecraft should be able to operate for at least two more years, the mission’s manager said May 10.

At a press conference to announce new exoplanet discoveries in data collected by the spacecraft, mission manager Charlie Sobeck said the spacecraft had fully recovered from an “emergency mode” in April that disrupted science observations for more than two weeks.

“It looks at though it was a transient event,” he said of the incident that triggered the emergency mode April 7. “We don’t see that the spacecraft is operating any differently today than it operated before the emergency mode.”

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