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Message 883295 - Posted: 8 Apr 2009, 4:58:23 UTC
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Engineers have successfully ejected the dust cover from NASA's Kepler telescope, a spaceborne mission soon to begin searching for worlds like Earth.

"The cover released and flew away exactly as we designed it to do," said Kepler Project Manager James Fanson of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. "This is a critical step toward answering a question that has come down to us across 100 generations of human history -- are there other planets like Earth, or are we alone in the galaxy?"

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/kepler/news/kepler-20090407.html


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Message 883776 - Posted: 9 Apr 2009, 22:10:23 UTC - in response to Message 883295.  

Engineers have successfully ejected the dust cover from NASA's Kepler telescope, a spaceborne mission soon to begin searching for worlds like Earth.

"The cover released and flew away exactly as we designed it to do," said Kepler Project Manager James Fanson of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. "This is a critical step toward answering a question that has come down to us across 100 generations of human history -- are there other planets like Earth, or are we alone in the galaxy?"

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/kepler/news/kepler-20090407.html
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Cool news. This little UNIT is apparently looking for planets! Seventy hundred gizumpty-dillion dollars spent on science in the last fifty years and we have finally succeeded in building something practical.

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Message 883789 - Posted: 9 Apr 2009, 23:04:51 UTC

I always thought space toilets were practical
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Message 883869 - Posted: 10 Apr 2009, 5:14:56 UTC - in response to Message 883789.  

I always thought space toilets were practical

There's an article on space toilets here somewhere. For sale too I think.
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Message 884204 - Posted: 11 Apr 2009, 6:52:25 UTC

This is a useful idea... in lieu {!} of what is not drifting (which is why you need to have one of those "dust covers", i think). Apparently one would be a good idea on the Moon:
click for amazing list of some things left so far on the Moon

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Message 884924 - Posted: 13 Apr 2009, 13:50:48 UTC
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The NASA Kepler website has a tonne of info about what's happening; http://kepler.nasa.gov/

They also have some very good video's to explain how Kepler will work; http://kepler.nasa.gov/media/animations.html

The hardest part is going to be waiting the 4 years to get some results!. But i believe that they will have detected planets within the first few months of observation. The big Gas Giants should be spotted very quickly.




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Message 898075 - Posted: 22 May 2009, 5:12:07 UTC - in response to Message 883295.  

"The cover released and flew away exactly as we designed it to do," said Kepler Project Manager James Fanson of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif."

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/kepler/news/kepler-20090407.html


Great, more space debris!
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