NASA ends attempt to fully recover Kepler Telescope's capabilities

Aug. 16, 2013 at 5:30 PM
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- NASA's Kepler Space Telescope team is ending its attempts to restore the spacecraft to full working order, a NASA statement Friday said.

Kepler is a space observatory craft launched in 2009 to discover planets orbiting stars outside the Solar System, and monitors brightness of stars.

Two of Kepler's reaction wheels, gyroscope-like devices used to orient the spacecraft, have failed, and scientists are searching for other ways to utilize the craft, the statement said.

On Aug. 2 NASA called for scientific papers suggesting other missions for the telescope, and after a review expected to finish at the end of the year, an assessment of Kepler's potential will be made.

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