[FPSPACE] Kepler spacecraft in trouble 75 million miles from Earth

David R. Woods drwoods at stny.rr.com
Sun Apr 10 10:19:00 EDT 2016


NASA's Kepler spacecraft is in trouble -- far, far away.
The telescope that searches for habitable planets in outer space went 
into emergency mode 75 million miles away from home, leaving engineers 
scrambling.

Mission engineers discovered Kepler was in distress during a scheduled 
contact Thursday.  In emergency mode, Kepler burns through its power 
supply faster, making recovering it a priority.
"Emergency mode is the lowest operational mode and is fuel intensive," 
NASA said.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/10/tech/nasa-kepler-emergency-mode/index.html
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