NASA Kepler Space Telescope has officially offline after running out of fuel, it is a pioneering spacecraft that has discovered almost 2700 exoplanets in our solar system. The telescope has spent many years beyond its four-year mission in space. Engineers found that it was out of fuel this summer but they put it in a safe mode for a short period to concentrate on getting the data which Kelper has collected in his time in space.
“As NASA’s first planet-hunting mission, Kepler has wildly exceeded all our expectations and paved the way for our exploration and search for life in the solar system and beyond,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “Not only did it show us how many planets could be out there, it sparked an entirely new and robust field of research that has taken the science community by storm. Its discoveries have shed a new light on our place in the universe, and illuminated the tantalizing mysteries and possibilities among the stars.”
Kepler space telescope launched with six years of fuel and it lasted Nine years, now without any fuel left in it, NASA decided to officially retire the spacecraft which is far away from earth. Moreover, the engineers will send a command next week to the aircraft to turn the transmitter off and leave it silent drifting in its orbit.
The purpose Kelper launched was to find planets outside our solar system is known Exoplanets. At that time, a few exoplanets were detected by the space agency so they decided to launch a spacecraft to know the secrets dug in space. Kelper can detect planets by looking for their transits, which are the small dips in the light of a star as the planet passes between that star and the Earth.
Within first few years of its launch, the spacecraft become successful in monitoring about 150,000 stars for transits. All of the data which Kelper managed to collect has safely made it to earth and scientists are now researching on this data.