Kepler forced into retirement
Aug. 28, 2013, noon
After four and a half years of planet hunting, the Kepler space telescope has been forced into retirement. Despite the best efforts of NASA’s engineers, the telescope can no longer remain steady enough to continue its mission. However, scientists hope that it can be adapted to serve other functions, thereby continuing to advance our knowledge of the Universe.
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