After nine years in deep space collecting data that indicate our sky to be filled with billions of hidden planets-more planets even than stars-NASA's Kepler space telescope has run out of fuel needed for further science ... "It was not a surprise and means the end of the operation of the spacecraft and gathering science data", said Herz, reports RIA Novosti.
Kepler was launched March 6, 2009. Scientists have said that Kepler telescope, which helps in discovering 2,600 planets, has finished fuel, so he is retiring.
"As NASA's first planet-hunting mission, Kepler has wildly exceeded all our expectations and paved the way for our exploration and search for life in the solar system and beyond", said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. White cloud width is 19 km away over the mountain Arsiya since mid-September. All of the data being collected are publicly accessible and can be downloaded from the Barbara A. Mikulski Archive. Kepler most recently revealed that 20 to 50 percent of the stars the naked eye can see after dark could be orbited by small, rocky planets not unlike our own.More news: Mexican drug lord's U.S. trial begins
The founder of the Kepler mission, William Borucki, recalled that when this idea was conceived 35 years ago, humanity "did not know of a single planet" outside the solar system. This second phase of Kepler's science program was called the K2 mission. Herz noted that scientific work is a space Observatory is complete. During K2, the Kepler spacecraft continued gathering the data necessary to hunt for exoplanets, and has allowed researchers to study other astrophysical questions.
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. Many of these planets could be promising places for life. The knowledge that there are planets scattered everywhere opens almost endless possibilities, and keeps pushing expectations for Kepler's successor TESS and other upcoming missions. TESS will become the newest exoplanet hunter NASA will use to continue to survey the sky and discover new worlds. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, managed Kepler mission development.