Characteristics Of The Kepler Spacecraft

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The Kepler Spacecraft
For centuries, humankind was unable to distinguish whether exoplanets were rare or common in the galaxy. It was nearly impossible to capture the individual signals being emitted from distant planets such as reduced brilliance when the planet passes in front of its parent star without some type of space telescope. Thus, in March 2009, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), launched the Kepler spacecraft. The primary mission of this new instrument was to investigate the diversity and structure of planetary systems. The spacecraft moves in a slightly slower, Earth-trailing orbit in order to ensure that it did not interfere with the region of the sky it was observing. The success of the Kepler has helped
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It is far more advanced than any telescope sold on the market today, and can be rotated every eighty days or so to observe a different field. At the base of this technology is a “0.95-m aperture Schmidt telescope” (“Characteristics of the Kepler Space Telescope”, n.d.), allowing it to capture very high-resolution images using camera-like apparatus. It contains twenty-one modules, each of them covering five square degrees of vision, and resulting in twenty-one “images” of the field. Unfortunately, as of August 2016, three of those modules are no longer working. It is thought that circuitry failure is the reasoning behind these failures (Hunter, 2016). In addition to its “picture-taking” abilities, the Kepler telescope also contains a photometer, which spans a range of four hundred and twenty to nine hundred nanometres (420-900 nm). This measurement goes well beyond the typical optical spectrum, and heightens the machine’s light sensitivity and detection ability (“Kepler Space Telescope”, 2016). Such equipment has allowed for the discovery of the newly-minted “Heartbeat Stars”, and various other phenomena. It is because of all of this advanced that technology that the Kepler telescope remains at the forefront of assisting in astronomical discoveries, and is perhaps one of the greatest scientific instruments ever …show more content…
In addition, the Kepler worked as a guide, putting them on the right track for future missions as well as helping inch closer to finding other life in this world. As such, this revolutionary piece of technology (literally and figuratively) propelled astronomical findings into interplanetary space. It has allowed NASA to take a step outside of the making of their standard aeronautical instruments, and granted scientific development in multiple different aspects of spacecraft technology such as the transmission capability, and the focal plane array. Without the launch of this observatory we would not be able to discover the life which is found beyond our planet, and see the stars that we have a deep desire to see. In a sense, the mission has given NASA the opportunity to shoot Johannes Kepler’s curiosity and love of the stars to infinity and

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