NASA Reports Meteor Explosion Worth 11 Hiroshima Bombs, Missed by Media
Students globally protest warming, pleading for their future
Russian Crew Arrives At International Space Station After Six-Hour Flight
Students drag mayor out of office for climate 'strike'
RIP Kepler Space Telescope - Out of fuel and out of time
03 November 2018, 06:59 | Dale Webster
Enlarge NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has run out
'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.
Now orbiting the sun 94 million miles (156 million km) from Earth, the spacecraft will drift further from our planet when mission engineers turn off its radio transmitters, the U.S. space agency said.
Nasa said it has made a decision to retire the spacecraft "within its current, safe orbit, away from Earth".
Nasa says Kepler's mission may be over but its discoveries will be studied for years to come.
"The Kepler mission has been an enormous success", said Bill Borucki, the original Kepler principal investigator and leader of the team that convinced NASA to build and launch the $692 million mission in 2009.
Kepler is being retired into a safe orbit 94 million miles away from the Earth, after being the agency's first mission to successfully find Earth-size planets orbiting within the habitable zones of their stars NASA said.
Four years into the mission, after the primary mission objectives had been met, some mechanical failures temporarily halted observations. "This is not unexpected, and this marks the end of spacecraft operations for Kepler and the end of the collection of science data".
NASA launched the Kepler telescope on March 6, 2009, to learn if Earth-like planets that might harbor life are common or rare in other star systems. By fixating on a specific area of the sky in the constellation Cygnus, Kepler was able to continuously monitor the varying brightnesses of roughly 150,000 stars.
Six months after announcing the spacecraft's fuel stores were beginning to deplete, NASA announced Keplar's day had finally come on Wednesday.
Signals that fuel was almost out were seen two weeks ago and scientists were able to get all the data from Kepler down to Earth before it completely ran dry.
Aamir Khan gives Shah Rukh Khan's Zero a big thumbs up
Shah Rukh, who has played the romantic hero, the villain and many diverse roles, has been one to love technology. Dressed in striped shorts and vest, SRK can be seen wearing a garland of currency notes on the new poster.
LG to Announce Foldable Smartphone at CES 2019
However, a surprise entry in the foldable phone game is LG, which plans on showing off their own next-gen device in January. Separately, Samsung even reported record profits in Q3 2018, but most of that credit goes to its semi-conductor business.
Indonesian crews recover black box from crashed jet
The Australian government has meanwhile advised travellers against taking flights offered by the low-priced carrier Lion Air . A navy official told Indonesian reporters they'd also found the aircraft's fuselage in the waters off the Indonesian capital.