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NASA’s Kepler started the operations again

The spacecraft was put to sleep mode after NASA has successfully downloaded all the data related to the 18th observation campaign.

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The NASA’s planet-hunting space telescope Kepler which has helped NASA to discover about 2,300 exo-planets till now has now again waked up after a brief sleep mode. After the wake telescope wakes up, it has started all the scientific operations for the NASA yet again.

NASA’s Kepler started the operations again
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As per the reports, the US space agency is closely watching the telescope as it is on verge of running out of fuel. The spacecraft was put to sleep mode after NASA has successfully downloaded all the data related to the 18th observation campaign. As per the statement that was issued by NASA said that after it was roused from sleep, it has been seen that the spacecraft’s configuration has been modified as one of the thrusters behaves in a usual way.

NASA added by saying that as per the primary investigations, it has been seen that the performance of the telescope has been degraded. In the year 2013, Kepler’s main mission has been ended after the second reaction wheel has been broken. This lead to difficulty in holding the steady view of the original field of view. The spacecraft has been after that given a new form of life by providing a new lease on life which is used by the pressure of the sunlight. It helps in maintaining the pointing of the steering to the current.

At first, the team of Kepler has estimated that the K2 mission can carry out about 10 campaigns with the fuel that is holding. K2 is the new name given after Kepler was reborn and in this, it is required that the spacecraft shift the field of view to the new range of sky. It has been done in every three months which is referred to as the campaign. But on 29th August 2018, the campaign mission has entered to the 19th number.  

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