Reaction Wheel Failure Ends Kepler Data Collection, But Analysis Continues

By Frank Morring, Jr. morring@aviationweek.com
Source: AWIN First

While Kepler looked for planets around distant stars, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite planned for launch in 2017 will look for planets around the brightest, closet stars. The James Webb Space Telescope, set for a 2018 launch to explore extremely deep space, may also be modified to study the atmosphere around relatively nearby extra-solar planets.


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