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NASA’s Kepler Telescope Ends Its Prime Mission, Begins Another NASA’s Kepler Telescope Ends Its Prime Mission, Begins Another
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NASA this week marked the end of the Kepler Space Telescope’s prime mission, which began in March 2009. Like other NASA equipment, the telescope is now beginning another, extended mission NASA says could last as long as four years. Kepler’s …

Close Rogue Planet Identified by ESO Astronomers Close Rogue Planet Identified by ESO Astronomers

Astronomers have identified what is “very probably” a relatively close-by planet hurtling through space – not orbiting a star. The European Southern Observatory used its Very Large Telescope and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope to study the object, which it calls the …

New “Super Earth” Planet Discovered in Six-Planet System New “Super Earth” Planet Discovered in Six-Planet System
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U.K. and German Astronomers announced this week that they have discovered a new “super Earth” planet that could, conceivably, have an Earth-like climate. The planet exists in the habitable zone of a nearby star called HD 40307 and is part …

NASA to Extend Kepler Mission to 2016? NASA to Extend Kepler Mission to 2016?

The Kepler mission may be extended for another two years after a report from NASA’s senior review board. The spacecraft was named in honor of the 17th-century German astronomer Johannes Kepler and was launched in March 2009. It was supposed …