Light curve dtected by Kepler in January for WASP-28b (Image: NASA Ames/T. Barclay)
How the K2 maneuver works (Image: NASA)
Diagram of Kepler (Image: NASA)
Artist's concept of the Kepler space telescope (Image: NASA)
Last year, it looked as though the Kepler space probe had nothing to look forward to but the scrap heap. After the failure of two of its reaction wheels, the unmanned spacecraft was incapable of maintaining the precision pointing needed to hunt planets beyond the Solar System. Now, however, NASA’s Kepler team has demonstrated that space telescope can still detect exoplanets thanks the K2 mission concept maneuver.
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