Hunting on the second earth started off dust Kepler
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Engineers from the NASA Space Agency, the dust of the recently launched telescope Kepler successfully managed to raise. The mission of the vessel is an important step in the quest to answer the question whether, in the nearby part of the universe planets are present many similarities with the Earth.
The space telescope, which on March 6 this year off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, in coming years will more than one hundred thousand stars in our galaxy examine which thought that they can be circled by a planet in the habitable zone ' of the star, a relatively warm region where liquid water can be located. Its main instrument, a so-called light or photometer contains 42 CCD chips, the largest camera ever put into space is.
Using this device will look for stars whose light is partly blocked by a planet between its parent star and the earth is. The oval-shaped dust protected the instrument during and after the launch from pollution and knew scattered light that could penetrate inside the telescope and sensitive detectors could damage, outside it. Now the noise of the chips generate Kepler map and in the future in the scientific data can be filtered, it is ready for the hunting of half the earth.
More information: 'Dust Cover Jettisoned From NASA's Kepler Telescope (JPL)
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