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A Search for Potentially Habitable Planets
A Search for Potentially Habitable Planets

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A space oddity traveled through the spacecraft's field of view this year -- a space rock called #DavidBowie. Thank you, #Starman. RIP.
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Researchers using NASA's Kepler mission data have measured the mass of a Mars-size exoplanet that is about one tenth the mass of Earth. Called Kepler-138b, it is the first exoplanet smaller than Earth to have both its mass and size measured. This significantly extends the range of planets with measured densities.

Daniel Jontof-Hutter, a research associate at the Pennsylvania State University’s Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds, led a team of astronomers in a study to measure the mass of all three planets in the Kepler-138 system by precisely observing the times each planet passed in front of, or transited, their host star..

"Each planet periodically slows down and accelerates ever so slightly from the gravity of its neighboring planets. The slight change in time between transits allows us to measure the masses of the planets," said Jontof-Hutter.

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Kepler detects a supernova? No, THREE of them! And, catches them before KABOOM!

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It was nearly a year ago that the Kepler spacecraft made a comeback after a technical setback: the loss of its ultra precise pointing capability. Revived as the K2 mission, now in its fifth observing campaign, the spacecraft continues to operate beautifully!

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VIDEO: The reinvented K2 mission catches Neptune dancing with its moons, Triton and Nereid! The movie illustrates 70 days of uninterrupted observation making this one of the longer continuous studies of an outer solar system object.

Kepler and SETI Institute scientist, Jason Rowe, used 101,580 images taken by the Kepler spacecraft from November 2014 through January 2015 during K2's Campaign. The 70-day time lapse is sped-up to 34 second and illustrates the perpetual clockwork of our solar system.

http://www.nasa.gov/feature/kepler/ames/kepler-observes-neptune-dance-with-its-moons
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Six years ago, Kepler's search for other worlds that might in some way be like our own began.
That search continues today.
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NASA's Kepler mission team will receive the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum's highest group honor at a ceremony in Washington on March 25. Established in 1985, the award recognizes outstanding achievements in the fields of aerospace science and technology and their history.

Watch the video of team members William Borucki, Natalie Batalha and Charlie Sobeck as they recount Kepler's exciting journey. The search continues...
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Reborn Kepler Discovers First K2 Exoplanet!

NASA’s Kepler spacecraft makes a comeback with the discovery of the first exoplanet found using its new mission—K2. Using publicly available data, astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) have confirmed K2's first exoplanet discovery proving Kepler can still find planets.

The newly confirmed planet, HIP 116454b, is 2.5 times the diameter of Earth, and closely orbits a star smaller and cooler than our sun once every nine days, making the planet too hot for life as we know it. The star and planet are 180 light-years from Earth toward the constellation Pisces.

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Today at 230p PT Kepler mission scientist +Natalie Batalha will talk #realInterstellar  exoplanet science fact on the #InterstellarHangout .

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On Nov. 5 mission scientist +Natalie Batalha joins the cast of the upcoming film +Interstellar Movie LIVE from +NASA Ames Research Center  to talk exoplanet science fact!
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