BRAZIL: Make a list of every groundbreaking mission NASA has endeavored, and the Kepler spacecraft will sit very near the top of the heap. A year ago NASA verbally expressed it might have a way to bring the satellite back online, and now we ken that the method has worked – Kepler has found another super Earth.
The incipient method of stabilizing Kepler isn’t impeccable – Kepler’s reduced precision does hurt its ability to accurately pick out exoplanets – and the K2 method, while it sanctions the spacecraft to perpetuate operating, isn’t quite as good as conventional research.
Kepler’s quantified data in blue, with the redressed, filtered data below it Fortuitously, Vanderberg’s team was able to develop a software filtering algorithm that can adjust for the reduced stability of the probe while preserving the allusions of planetary presence that Kepler’s mission requires it to detect.
From Kepler to Curiosity, all the way back to the Galileo and Voyager probes, NASA has pushed back our construal of the heavens, often inventing incipient ways of pushing old equipment past its pristine design lifetime and capabilities in the process.