Astronomers submit a slew of proposals for using the partly crippled Kepler space telescope.


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Astronomers submit a slew of proposals for using the partly crippled Kepler space telescope.

Ideas range from a survey of potentially hazardous near-Earth objects to a study of Jupiter-sized exoplanets in large orbits. Kepler scientists will sort through the proposals and decide by 1 November which ones, if any, to recommend to NASA headquarters for further review.

Sadly, none of these ideas excites me very much. The tragedy here is that we have this really good optical telescope above the atmosphere, and we can’t point it accurately enough to use it.

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  • Phil Berardelli

    And there’s no longer a manned space program capable of sending a mission to fix it.

  • Pzatchok

    A robot system could be designed to fix the overall problem. Basically new strap on reaction wheels that would take over the job of the old ones.

    But then again that could take needed cash away from the SLS and it new toilet system.

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