[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
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,"
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