Kepler

Mission Summary

Kepler is a space telescope designed to survey a portion of the Milky Way galaxy in search of Earth-size planets, including those where liquid water and possibly life might exist.

Using data from the mission, scientists hope to understand how common Earth-like planets are and assess the likelihood of finding a planet near our own that could support life.

Scientific Instrument(s)

- Photometer


Type: Orbiter
 
Status: Current
 
Launch Date: March 06, 2009
10:49 p.m. EST (03:49 UTC)
 
Launch Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
 
Target: Universe
 
Current Location: Orbit type:
Earth-trailing heliocentric
 
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