Kepler telescope suspended scientific observations

On September 24, the Kepler telescope suspended all scientific observations and was again placed in safe mode. According to a press release published on the mission’s website, the decision was caused by the worsened precision in pointing the vehicle caused by the anomalous behavior of one of its engines. In turn, this problem is most likely related to the gradual exhaustion of Kepler's fuel reserves.
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From time to time “Kepler carries out small corrections of his position in space. They are necessary for his guidance on the right parts of the sky, as well as the transfer of the collected information to Earth. Without fuel, Kepler will not be able to continue observations, which will mean the completion of its mission.
The telescope is looking for exoplanets using a transit method: by changing the brightness of stars caused by the passage of planet-like satellites through their disks. For more than 9 years of work, Kepler has managed to detect over 2500 exoplanets. The same number is in the list of candidates.
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As part of its latest observational campaign, Kepler studied 30 thousand stars in the constellation of Aquarius for 27 days. The data he collects is stored in the memory of the telescope. On October 10, mission specialists will issue a command to the apparatus to exit safe mode and will try to send its antenna to Earth to transmit information to Earth. Further development of the event will depend on the success of the maneuver.
If Kepler finally exhausted all fuel reserves, it will no longer be able to contact Earth and the data of the last observation campaign will be irretrievably lost. In the event that the telescope transmits all the collected information and maintains controllability, the mission team will try to proceed to the next series of observations.

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Kepler telescope suspended scientific observations

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