This Is The Last Full View The Kepler Spacecraft Saw Before It Shut Down Forever

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On 30 October 2018 Kepler, NASA’s planet-hunting space telescope, sent its last signal. It had been on the ropes for years due to failing reaction wheels, but engineers had managed to keep it operational. Then, last year, it finally ran out of fuel.

Its mission had originally been planned for a duration 3.5 years. The telescope ultimately lasted 9 years, 7 months and 23 days, revolutionising our understanding of exoplanets. And it was taking observations right up until the end.

When a telescope takes its very first astronomical image, it’s called ‘first light‘. Kepler’s first light image was snapped on 8 April 2009.

The space telescope’s final image – its ‘last light’ – was taken on 25 September 2018

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This article and images were originally posted on [ScienceAlert]. Credit to the original author and ScienceAlert | ESIST.T>G>S Recommended Articles Of The Day

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