August 15, 2013
An Ode to Kepler, the Planet Hunter

Kepler, your mission was to find other Earths, places where life like us could exist somewhere beyond our blue world.
And you did. “Kepler has made extraordinary discoveries in finding exoplanets including several super-Earths in the habitable zone,” John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate said in the release announcing the end.
You were a new breed of NASA mission: cheap, targeted, and designed to answer just a few questions that we didn’t even know to ask 30 years ago. How many planets are out there? How many planets like ours orbit other stars? How many chances have there been for some organic molecules to join up and start to live?
Read more. [Image: NASA]

An Ode to Kepler, the Planet Hunter

Kepler, your mission was to find other Earths, places where life like us could exist somewhere beyond our blue world.

And you did. “Kepler has made extraordinary discoveries in finding exoplanets including several super-Earths in the habitable zone,” John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate said in the release announcing the end.

You were a new breed of NASA mission: cheap, targeted, and designed to answer just a few questions that we didn’t even know to ask 30 years ago. How many planets are out there? How many planets like ours orbit other stars? How many chances have there been for some organic molecules to join up and start to live?

Read more. [Image: NASA]

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