10 Cool Facts on the Kepler Space Telescope

Launched back on March 7th of 2009, the Kepler Space Telescope was named after the German astronomer Johannes Kepler. It was built as part of NASA’s low-cost (the total cost was about $600 million) science mission named the Discovery Program. Initially, the Kepler Space Telescope’s planned lifespan was only about 3 to 4 years. Luckily, NASA doesn’t build anything less than perfect and the telescope is still in operation today and for the foreseeable future.  
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The Transit Method: How to Detect Exoplanets

If you had $550 million US dollars, what would you do with it? Maybe you’d buy a house, new car, take a vacation, buy a small island, host the Olympics or possibly something else extravagant. Well, not too long ago NASA and the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics found themselves asking that same question and decided they would launch a 95 megapixel telescope weighing 2,291 pounds up into space to spend all of its time searching for
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