NASA Shuts Down Kepler Telescope



  • The planet-hunting Kepler telescope has been officially decommissioned after almost a decade in space. It discovered a confirmed 2682 exoplanets with another ~2900 candidates. It is just so amazing that we have discovered so many planets, considering that we only found the very first exoplanets in the early 90's. I just wanted to pay homage to the Kepler telescope and the team operating it while starting up a conversation about what we can do with this information. Also, even with this telescope's sensitivity, it may be possible that there are more planets still that were not detected. What about rogue planets? Will we ever be able to find them?

 

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